Biomimicry Institute Announces Winners of the 2024 Youth Design Challenge
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by Biomimicry Institute
1M ago
Guided by biomimicry curriculum, students delivered nature-inspired solutions to the most pressing environmental and social challenges of our day. The Biomimicry Institute is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Youth Design Challenge (YDC), an open access educational initiative that utilizes the principles of biomimicry to inspire students to tackle pressing environmental challenges. The project-based curriculum uniquely empowers middle and high school educators to engage their students in a multidisciplinary exploration of nature-inspired problem solving, focusing on Sustainable De ..read more
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Why We Evolved Ray of Hope from a Prize to an Accelerator
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by Biomimicry Institute
3M ago
In 2016, we looked across industries and knew one thing for certain: the world needed more nature-inspired solutions to correct for generations of extractive, polluting business practices. In collaboration with our visionary funding partners, The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Biomimicry Institute launched a $100,000 prize competition to catalyze nature-inspired design. Between 2016-2019 we awarded 4 Grand Prizes to top biomimicry design concepts, known as the Ray of Hope Prize. Through this time, we began to see that supporting design ideas was simply not enough. We needed to support those ..read more
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The Extractive & Toxic Nature of Color, and How Biomimicry Can Solve This
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by Biomimicry Institute
3M ago
At first glance, the importance of replacing existing pigments and dyes with nature-inspired alternatives may not be obvious. The environmental impacts from pigments are hard to quantify, but it is a $30 billion industry that is heavily reliant on mining and high energy usage. Synthetic dyes are poorly biodegradable, can cause mutations and metabolic alterations, often have carcinogenic effects, and tend to bioaccumulate. All of this amounts to enormous environmental effects, and organisms and human beings are paying the price. Now a Short Science Lesson  The visible light ..read more
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Beyond EV and AI: Is Slime Mold Driving the Future of Car Innovation?
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by Katie Losey
5M ago
It’s been a consultant for NASA, shot at by police and mistaken for an alien. How slime mold–a brainless, single-celled organism–mapped the dark universe, keeps challenging the top minds to rethink what intelligence even is and has an ability to fill us with wonder beyond the human kind. No powerful limbs. No aerodynamic wings. So slow, movement can only be noticed with a timelapse video. So why are the experts turning to slime mold for mobility breakthroughs? When it comes to revolutionizing the auto and robotics industries, we’re surrounded by innovations from electric and hydrogen-fueled ..read more
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Protected: When Even the Brainless Have Answers We Don’t
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by Katie Losey
5M ago
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Protected: Is a Blob Capable of Rethinking Our Built World Without Bias, Boundaries—or a Brain?
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5M ago
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Protected: Your Next Flight May Be Designed by Slime Mold and Human Bones
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by Katie Losey
5M ago
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Protected: Slime Mold 101: Meet the Genius Without a Brain
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6M ago
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Protected: Bizarre Genius of a Brainless Blob
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6M ago
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Protected: Nature in the Classroom: A Conversation with Dorna Schroeter, a Biomimicry Educator
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6M ago
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