Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material
Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical ...
Solitary acoustic waves observed to propagate at a lipid membrane interface
'Jellyfish aircraft' takes flight (w/ Videos)
Inspired by nature and by the aviation pioneers of the early 20th century, scientists in the United States said Wednesday they had built the world's first jellyfish aircraft.
Study reveals methods used by musicians to stay in tempo with each other
Long-term evolution is 'surprisingly predictable,' experiment shows
(Phys.org) —A protein-folding simulation shows that the debated theory of long-term evolution is not only possible, but that the outcomes are predictable. The Stanford experiment provides a framework for ...
Math model suggests fishing out older members may destroy collective fish school memory
Cuttlefish may offer model for bioinspired human camouflage and color-changing products
Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope new understanding of the natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small marine animal to dynamically change its colors ...
Study reveals shock-absorbing ability of woodpecker beaks
How stick insects honed friction to grip without sticking
When they're not hanging upside down, stick insects don't need to stick. In fact, when moving upright, sticking would be a hindrance: so much extra effort required to 'unstick' again with every step.
Getting a charge from changes in humidity
(Phys.org) —A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering ...