Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Bees Solve Complex Problems Faster Than Supercomputers

In a new study, researchers report that bumblebees were able to figure out the most efficient routes among several computer-controlled “flowers,” quickly solving a complex problem that even stumps supercomputers. We already know bees are pretty good at facial recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective air-quality monitors.

via @mmartoccia

Full Story: Daily Galaxy

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: innovation, biomimicry, complexity,.

Bees Solve Complex Problems Faster Than Supercomputers

In a new study, researchers report that bumblebees were able to figure  out the most efficient routes among several computer-controlled  “flowers,” quickly solving a complex problem that even stumps  supercomputers. We already know bees are pretty good at facial  recognition, and researchers have shown they can also be effective  air-quality monitors.
via @mmartoccia
Full Story: Daily Galaxy

Roaches Inspire Robotics

Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach — they’re masters of quick and precise movement. Now Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too.

Full Story: Science Daily

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: robots, biomimicry,.

Roaches Inspire Robotics

Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach —  they’re masters of quick and precise movement. Now Tel Aviv University  is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology  too.

Full Story: Science Daily

In the Blink of Bird’s Eye, a Model for Quantum Navigation

Quantum entanglement is a state where electrons are spatially separated, but able to affect one another. It’s been proposed that birds’ eyes contain entanglement-based compasses.

via @mmartoccia

Posted at 7:19am and tagged with: quantum, biomimicry,.

In the Blink of Bird’s Eye, a Model for Quantum Navigation

Quantum entanglement is a state where electrons are spatially separated,  but able to affect one another. It’s been proposed that birds’ eyes  contain entanglement-based compasses.

via @mmartoccia

How the Fruit Fly Could Revolutionize Distributed Computing

In the eyes of a few researchers, the secrets to breakthroughs in distributed computing lies in the nervous system of the fruit fly. And new, performance-improving algorithms based around these findings could help to better detect earthquakes or cure disease.

via @mmartoccia

Posted at 3:12pm and tagged with: biotechnology, computing, biomimicry, technology,.

How the Fruit Fly Could Revolutionize Distributed Computing

In the eyes of a few researchers, the secrets to breakthroughs in distributed computing lies in the nervous system of the fruit fly. And new, performance-improving algorithms based around these findings could help to better detect earthquakes or cure disease.

via @mmartoccia

Self-Assembling Structures Open Door to New Class of Materials

The helical “supermolecules” are made of tiny colloid balls instead of atoms or molecules. Similar methods could be used to make new materials with the functionality of complex colloidal molecules

via @mmartoccia

Posted at 8:05am and tagged with: biomimicry,.

Self-Assembling Structures Open Door to New Class of Materials

The helical “supermolecules” are made of tiny colloid balls instead of  atoms or molecules. Similar methods could be used to make new materials  with the functionality of complex colloidal molecules

via @mmartoccia

Peregrine Falcons Inspire New Thermal Soaring Strategy for UAVs

Unmanned Aerial vehicles could fly for longer using less power if they copied the counter-intuitive flying patterns of peregrine falcons, say researchers

Posted at 7:22am and tagged with: flight, robots, biomimicry,.

Peregrine Falcons Inspire New Thermal Soaring Strategy for UAVs

Unmanned Aerial vehicles could fly for longer using  less power if they copied the counter-intuitive flying patterns of  peregrine falcons, say researchers

A research and development effort by the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming, and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable of spinning artificial spider silks.

"This research represents a significant breakthrough in the development of superior silk fibers for both medical and non-medical applications," said Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., a Notre Dame professor of biological sciences. "The generation of silk fibers having the properties of spider silks has been one of the important goals in materials science."

Posted at 3:30pm and tagged with: biomimicry, genetic engineering, DNA,.

Itsy Bitsy Spider’s Web 10 Times Stronger Than Kevlar

Scientists have found the toughest material made by life yet — the silk of a spider whose giant webs span rivers, streams and even lakes.

Posted at 9:48am and tagged with: biomimicry,.

Itsy Bitsy Spider’s Web 10 Times Stronger Than Kevlar
Scientists have found the toughest material made by life yet — the silk of a spider whose giant webs span rivers, streams and even lakes.

Sensor-Equipped Spider Webs to Coat Aircraft


Inspired by spider webs, a new sensor network can expand more than 265 times its original size.

Posted at 8:44am and tagged with: sensors, biomimicry,.


Sensor-Equipped Spider Webs to Coat Aircraft

Inspired by spider webs, a new sensor network can expand more than 265 times its original size.