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  • An earthworm-inspired friction-controlled soft robot capable of bidirectional locomotion 15. February 2019
    We present the design, fabrication, modeling and feedback control of an earthworm-inspired soft robot capable of bidirectional locomotion on both horizontal and inclined flat platforms. In this approach, the locomotion patterns are controlled by actively varying the coefficients of friction between the contacting surfaces of the robot and the supporting platform, thus emulating the limbless […]
    Joey Z Ge, Ariel A Calderón, Longlong Chang and Néstor O Pérez-Arancibia
  • A trapezoidal wing equivalent to a Janatella leucodesma ’s wing in terms of aerodynamic performance in the flapping flight of a butterfly model 14. February 2019
    Wing planform is one of the most important factors for lift and thrust generation and enhancement in flapping flight. In a previous study based on a simple numerical model of a butterfly, we found that the wing planform of an actual butterfly ( Janatella leucodesma ) is more efficient than any rectangular or trapezoidal wing […]
    Kosuke Suzuki and Masato Yoshino
  • A bio-inspired sighted robot chases like a hoverfly 14. February 2019
    Here we present a novel bio-inspired visual processing system, which enables a robot to locate and follow a target, using an artificial compound eye called CurvACE. This visual sensor actively scanned the environment at an imposed frequency (50 Hz) with an angular scanning amplitude of ##IMG## [http://ej.iop.org/images/1748-3190/14/3/036002/bbaaffa4ieqn001.gif] and succeeded in locating a textured cylindrical target […]
    Fabien Colonnier, Soledad Ramirez-Martinez, Stéphane Viollet and Franck Ruffier

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  • Parallel adaptation of rabbit populations to myxoma virus 14. February 2019
    In the 1950s the myxoma virus was released into European rabbit populations in Australia and Europe, decimating populations and resulting in the rapid evolution of resistance. We investigated the genetic basis of resistance by comparing the exomes of rabbits collected before and after the pandemic. We found a strong pattern of parallel evolution, with selection […]
    Alves, J. M., Carneiro, M., Cheng, J. Y., Lemos de Matos, A., Rahman, M. M., Loog, L., Campos, P. F., Wales, N., Eriksson, A., Manica, A., Strive, T., Graham, S. C., Afonso, S., Bell, D. J., Belmont, L., Day, J. P., Fuller, S. J., Marchandeau, S., Palmer, W. J., Queney, G., Surridge, A. K., Vieira, F. G., McFadden, G., Nielsen, R., Gilbert, M. T. P., Esteves, P. J., Ferrand, N., Jiggins, F. M.
  • Structures of human Nav1.7 channel in complex with auxiliary subunits and animal toxins 14. February 2019
    Voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7 represents a promising target for pain relief. Here we report the cryo-EM structures of the human Nav1.7-β1-β2 complex bound to two combinations of pore blockers and gating modifier toxins (GMTs), tetrodotoxin with Protoxin-II and saxitoxin with Huwentoxin-IV, both determined at overall resolutions of 3.2 Å. The two structures are nearly identical […]
    Shen, H., Liu, D., Wu, K., Lei, J., Yan, N.
  • Molecular basis for pore blockade of human Na+ channel Nav1.2 by the {mu}-conotoxin KIIIA 14. February 2019
    The voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2 is responsible for the initiation and propagation of action potentials in the central nervous system. We report the cryo–electron microscopy structure of human Nav1.2 bound to a peptidic pore blocker, the μ-conotoxin KIIIA, in the presence of an auxiliary subunit β2 to an overall resolution of 3.0 Å. The immunoglobulin […]
    Pan, X., Li, Z., Huang, X., Huang, G., Gao, S., Shen, H., Liu, L., Lei, J., Yan, N.

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  • A young star is sprinkled with table salt 18. February 2019
    A young star is sprinkled with table saltA young star is sprinkled with table salt, Published online: 18 February 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00569-0Dust particles might have given rise to the cosmic grains of an everyday seasoning.
  • Daily Briefing: Both sides of the scalpel 18. February 2019
    Daily Briefing: Both sides of the scalpelDaily Briefing: Both sides of the scalpel, Published online: 18 February 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00625-9Stephen Fry and his surgeon recount their experiences of treating Fry’s prostate cancer. Plus, allaying fears about open peer review, and exploring a hidden ocean in the Antarctic.
    Anna Nagle
  • Baby’s mouth might hold sway over breast-milk microbiome 18. February 2019
    Baby’s mouth might hold sway over breast-milk microbiomeBaby’s mouth might hold sway over breast-milk microbiome, Published online: 18 February 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00568-1The bacterial content of breast milk differs between mothers who pump and those who nurse.

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  • Beautiful News South Africa implements Biomimicry into Town Design 27. June 2018
    “For us to coexist with nature I think we really need to humble ourselves and learn from nature,” Swain says. As the founder of the NPO BioWise, she uses biomimicry to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems.   To see the whole article and more, check out Beautiful News South Africa’s Facebook page. The post […]
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  • Impressive Impact: 2016-2018 Cohort Grads Ready to Lead 24. April 2018
    The newest set of Certified Biomimicry Professionals graduated during a ceremony in Kona, Hawaii The post Impressive Impact: 2016-2018 Cohort Grads Ready to Lead appeared first on Biomimicry 3.8.
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  • Moving innovations more effectively from concept to marketplace 19. April 2018
    Biomimicry 3.8 and Blue Marble are proud to announce a new partnership that will for the first time deliver a complete innovation solutions service The post Moving innovations more effectively from concept to marketplace appeared first on Biomimicry 3.8.
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