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Creating Pure Colors the Rainbow Beetle Way

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Picture a unique color-generation mechanism in nature that has the potential to create cosmetics and paints with purer, more vivid hues, or create screen displays on phones or tablets that project the same true image when viewed from any angle.

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Biodefense as Synthetic Biology Comes of Age

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Synthetic biology expands the possibilities for creating new weapons, such as making existing bacteria and viruses more harmful, while shortening the time needed to engineer them, warns a new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Snakes Inspire New Class of Crawler Bots

Snakes Inspire New Class of Crawler Bots

Harvard researchers have developed a robot modeled on snakeskin with soft robotic scales made using kirigami – an ancient Japanese paper craft that relies on cuts to change the properties of a material.

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Hi-tech Plastic Trees Generate Power

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Clean tech meets art meets life in a new energy tree with nanoleaves that absorb sunlight and quiver in the breeze to produce solar and wind power. A natural-looking, energy generator that looks like a real tree, the emerging new technology could completely change how homes are powered.

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Mimicking Nature to Defeat Climate Change

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Five teams of entrepreneurs from around the world have been chosen to participate in the newest cohort of the world’s only business accelerator program dedicated to bringing nature-inspired solutions to market.

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Biotech Explosion Could ‘Overwhelm’ Regulators

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Human organs-on-chips, implantable biosensors, cowless meat made by culturing animal cells, plastics grown by plants for industrial use – these are just a few of the genetically engineered products under development in labs across the United States.

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BioNurse: Generating Spaces for Life

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A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Bionic Leaf Makes Liquid Fuel From Sunlight

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Scientists at Harvard have developed a technology that mimics the way leaves produce energy from sunlight, water and air. A device about the size of a credit card, the “bionic leaf” includes a solar panel. When placed in water, it uses energy from sunlight to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Vitamin B2 Inspires Batteries for Solar, Wind

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Harvard scientists have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.

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Bringing Biomimicry to Market: Impact Investing Inspired by Nature

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Elegant, poetical and paradigm-changing, biomimicry has captured the world’s imagination with the promise of using nature’s solutions to solve human problems. To successfully engage with this promising sector, impact investors need to tap into a rich ecosystem of research, learning, innovation and cross-sector collaboration. Find out how…

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