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Biomimicry

Situationally Adaptive Organizations for 21st Century Transformation and Thriving

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Mark Chasan

Using a single form of organizational structure for all circumstances is like using a single tool for all situations. When presented with a tomato or a screw, we hit with our hammer. If only we had a knife for the tomato and a screwdriver for the screw, we would be more efficient and effective.

LOOK: The 9 Freakiest Robot Animals In The World

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology

Why build an entirely new robot when you can just copy nature? That's the idea behind biomimicry, or engineering robots that imitate lifeforms. For...

WATCH: This Is What Happens When You Mix Alcohol With MIT Students

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.05.2014 | College

Gin and tonic, vodka and cranberry, and bugs and biomimetic cocktails? When you're a mechanical engineering graduate student at the Massachusetts Inst...

WATCH: Robotic Insect Flies Like The Real Thing

natureheader | Posted 05.03.2013 | Science

By Ron Cohen A robot as small as a housefly has managed the delicate task of flying and hovering the way the actual insects do. “This is a major e...

Parasite Inspires New Surgical Technique

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/16/2013 11:12 AM EDT on LiveScience A parasitic worm that latches onto the intestines of...

UK Garden Stores Protect Bees: Bees Reciprocate with Innovations

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 04.07.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Recently, Britain's biggest gardening chains: Homebase, B&Q and Wickes removed products containing neonictinoid insecticides because of a European Foo...

Heroes of the Planet

Doug Demeo | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Doug Demeo

A new sense of appreciation in humbled relationship with nature can spread like wildfire, and help us build an ecological foundation for life and prosperity, hundreds, even thousands of years into the future.

Moving Beyond "Green"

Omega Institute | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Omega Institute

"Once, one of our buildings partially collapsed. I spent an anxious night on the rescue team, wondering if somehow I had caused this catastrophe. It was an epiphany. I became aware of unintended consequences and the need to change the design and construction industry to support life."

The Power Of Biomimicry

Posted 09.20.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's John Platt: A wind turbine designed to incorporate the bumps on a whale's tail. A fast-growing rice that needs half th...

WATCH: Leggy Robot (Almost) Moves Like Jagger

| Posted 07.06.2012 | Science

By Larry Greenemeier In popular fiction, humanoid robots have no rhythm—look no further than the “robot dance” for evidence of this. Yet rhyt...

Cara Santa Maria

Amazing Innovations Swim, Float, Fly

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.19.2012 | Science

If you couldn't make it out to New York City to attend the 2012 World Science Festival earlier this month, fear not! I was there with camera crew in t...

WATCH: Creepy Trick Makes Cockroach 'Disappear'

Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, InnovationNewsDaily Contributor Published: 06/07/2012 12:20 AM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily A robot that copies how cockroach...

Imitating Nature: Engineering's Sincerest Form of Efficiency

Neil Wagner | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Neil Wagner

Energy efficiency has often been called the "low-hanging fruit" of our battle against climate change. An appropriate metaphor, as Climate Progress's Joe Romm points out, because energy efficiency "grows back."

WATCH: Leg-Snapping Study Spotlights Bug's Amazing Strength

| Erin Loury | Posted 04.12.2012 | Science

A cockroach crunched underfoot may not seem like a model of strength, but scientists have discovered that bug skeletons are tougher than we think. I...

Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

Ultimately, one of our biggest mistakes is the rush to exploit resources without regard for the consequences or the long-term costs. What takes nature billions of years to create can be destroyed in just minutes with heavy machinery.

Scorpion Armor May Inspire Super-Resistant Materials

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 01.25.2012 | Science

A super-hard ridge pattern inspired by scorpions takes the sting out of erosion in a new paper published in the American Chemical Society journal, Lan...

Lynne Peeples

What Does Nature Know About Superglue?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.05.2012 | Science

Kaichang Li was wading in the surf off the Oregon Coast when he spotted the future of superglue. Beneath the surface, a group of blue mussels anchored...

PHOTOS: Architecture For The City Bird

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.29.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Architect to the urban aviary set, Street Artist XAM is one rare bird. Averaging one per week over the last year, the California born former graffiti ...

The Sting: Social Biomimicry and The Role of Fraud in Nature

Kenny Ausubel | Posted 12.17.2011 | Green
Kenny Ausubel

Nature is sending us extravagant distress signals these days. We'd better get really good really fast at reading her mind. The stakes are too high to keep drinking the collective Kool-Aid.

Economy, Jobs And Morality

Doug Demeo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Doug Demeo

There can be no quick fixes, no magic bullets and no wearisome blame games. A conversation about what constitutes an enduring economy is something that we all have a vested interest in.

Dow Asks, What's the Business Case for Protecting Nature?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

The business logic for protecting nature has always been a harder sell than making the case for other green initiatives. Dow is now tackling this issue, working with The Nature Conservancy to try and make the business logic clearer.

The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

In its infancy, our little blue orb was a perfect place serenaded by little more than the swoosh of winds and the ebb of ocean tides. Enter humans.

The Top 10 Green Business Stories of 2010

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Here's my attempt to capture the most important stories that affected the greening of business in 2010 and my predictions for the future.

The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan"

Kenny Ausubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kenny Ausubel

The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan" By Kenny Ausubel Co-CEO and Founder, Bioneers Opening the Bioneers Conference, October 15th, 2010,...

Small Business Tool to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

At the 2010 Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Regional Sustainability Roundtable in Rifle last month, I was introduced to a very intriguing new ventur...