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"Mussel Gel" Will Give Muscle To Medical Implants And Tissue Repair

A new gel that the inventors say you can play with like Silly Putty, can repair torn skin, bond implants, or act as an adhesive for underwater machinery.  The invention, under development for several years, is now patent pending, and it's all thanks to the biomimicry of a mussel's byssus, the hair-size filaments that form a sticky foam enabling the mussel's fierce attachment to rocks, substrates, and beds on the sea walls and floors.

 

Green Energy Goes Purple And Gold For BYU Science Team

At Brigham Young University, Professor Richard Watt and his team have proven that a common protein can not only react with sunlight, but harvest its energy for use.

Garden Clothing Attracts Bugs

The decline of insect pollinators and the plants they pollinate are of great concern to many today. So, to raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder an artist and a group of scientists have designed a line of clothing to attract insects. It is a limited edition and is part of a project called, The Pollinator Frocks Project.

Anti-reflective Film Inspired By Moth's Eyes Improves Solar Cells

Shiny new solar cells... not a good thing when the point is to capture every last ray of sunshine. In an effort to find the least reflective surface possible, scientists have looked to an unlikely source: the compound eyes of night-flying moths.

Robots, Like Babies, Need To Crawl Before They Can Walk

Josh Bongard is one member of a growing field called evolutionary robotics.  In short, it means that stronger, more useful, more adaptable robots should develop their skills one step at a time, like animals and humans, rather than being built 'ready to go.' Bongard has experimented with his very literal biomimetic approach to robot upbringing in a first-of-its-kind experiment sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

 

GhostBot Knifes Its Way Into Aquatic Automation

Taking their cue from nature, researchers at Northwestern University have created the GhostBot, a robotic knifefish that can swim both horizontally and vertically.

Innovative Water Turbine Inspired by Sharks

A double-blade, basking shark inspired, water turbine developed by Anthony Reale, former product-design student, promises to increase turbine efficiency by 40%.  Follow Reale's progress as he goes from undergrad student to ground breaking innovator.

Liquid Gold: The Towa Watering Can Uses Urine As Fertilizer

Swedish start-up company, Guldkannan, presents their chemical-free alternative to store-bought fertilizers: urine.  With the use of their "Towa," a urine watering can, you can enjoy a comfortable chamber pot, storage bin for your urine, as well as a pouring device for your homemade "liquid gold" all in one convenient device.

Don't Mess With Cats; They Pay You Back

Bring home a new cat, or put yours on a diet, restrict his outings... What will your cat do?

Frozen Carbon Smoke – Aerogels Go Metal

Multiwalled carbon nanotube aerogels – also known as “frozen smoke” – are now being developed to detect pollutants in a variety of situations.

Professor Recycles Rainwater and Sunlight To Bring More Color To Our Lives

It seems the New Year will be filled with an array of colors, recycled rainwater and solar power thanks to Michael Jones McKean's, professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Why? Michael has created a machine that can make man-made rainbows recycling natural resources.

Archeology Find Indicates Original Cretans May Have Been Shipped In

In an “old gadget” find of the day, US and Greek archeologists have found evidence that humanity may have been tooling around the ocean earlier than imagined.

Crack Mask – Aqua Access Rather Than Addiction Affliction

Access to water during a fire or emergency is a must, but can often be difficult to find. Now, the Crack Mask offers mobile moisture during a panic. 

Prosthetic Arm Biomimics The Arms Of An Octopus

Kaylene Kau, a recent graduate from the industrial design department at the University of Washington was challenged by a professor to 'push the boundaries of prosthetic design.'  So she did, and here, inspired by the fluid movements of an octopus's arms, is her multi-jointed Prosthetic Arm.

Ridge Around The Moon – The Iapetus Mystery

In 1671, Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, Saturn’s most distant moon, and correctly surmised that it was tidally locked to the planet, always showing one light and one dark face. Now, as the Cassini space mission to Saturn returns more data, it Iapetus is showing a new feature – a ridge covering 75% of its equatorial surface.