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- Active vision: on the relevance of a bio-inspired approach for object detection 14. February 2020Starting from biological systems, we review the interest of active perception for object recognition in an autonomous system. Foveated vision and control of the eye saccade introduce strong benefits related to the differentiation of a ‘what’ pathway recognizing some local parts in the image and a ‘where’ pathway related to moving the fovea in that […]Kevin Hoang, Alexandre Pitti, Jean-Francois Goudou, Jean-Yves Dufour and Philippe Gaussier
- Design and modeling of a high-load soft robotic gripper inspired by biological winding 14. February 2020The improvement of the load capacity of soft robotic grippers has always been a challenge. The load improvement methods of existing soft robotic grippers mainly include the development of soft actuators with high output force and the creation of closed gripping structures. Inspired by winding behaviors of animals and plants, we propose a high-load soft […]Haili Li, Jiantao Yao, Pan Zhou, Wumian Zhao, Yundou Xu and Yongsheng Zhao
- Variable stiffness morphing limb for amphibious legged robots inspired by chelonian environmental
adaptations 14. February 2020Robotic vehicles capable of transition from aquatic to terrestrial locomotion face considerable challenges associated with propulsive efficiency and performance in each environment. Here we present a morphing amphibious robotic limb that combines the locomotor adaptations of sea turtles for swimming and tortoises for walking. The limb can transform between the streamlined morphology of a sea […]Robert Baines, Simon Freeman, Frank Fish and Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio
- Cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike in the prefusion conformation 19. February 2020The outbreak of a novel betacoronavirus (2019-nCoV) represents a pandemic threat that has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. The CoV spike (S) glycoprotein is a key target for vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, and diagnostics. To facilitate medical countermeasure (MCM) development, we determined a 3.5 Å-resolution cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV S trimer […]Wrapp, D., Wang, N., Corbett, K. S., Goldsmith, J. A., Hsieh, C.-L., Abiona, O., Graham, B. S., McLellan, J. S.
- ZGLP1 is a determinant for the oogenic fate in mice 13. February 2020Mammalian sexual reproduction relies on the dichotomy of male and female germ cell development. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we show that ZGLP1, a conserved transcriptional regulator with GATA-like zinc fingers, determines the oogenic fate in mice. ZGLP1 acts downstream of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), but not retinoic acid (RA), and is essential […]Nagaoka, S. I., Nakaki, F., Miyauchi, H., Nosaka, Y., Ohta, H., Yabuta, Y., Kurimoto, K., Hayashi, K., Nakamura, T., Yamamoto, T., Saitou, M.
- A sustainable wood biorefinery for low-carbon footprint chemicals production 13. February 2020Profitability and sustainability of future biorefineries are dependent on efficient feedstock utilization. It is essential to valorize lignin when using wood. We have developed an integrated biorefinery that converts 78 wt.% of birch into xylochemicals. Reductive catalytic fractionation of wood gives a carbohydrate pulp amenable to bioethanol production and a lignin oil. After extraction of […]Liao, Y., Koelewijn, S.-F., Van den Bossche, G., Van Aelst, J., Van den Bosch, S., Renders, T., Navare, K., Nicolaï, T., Van Aelst, K., Maesen, M., Matsushima, H., Thevelein, J., Van Acker, K., Lagrain, B., Verboekend, D., Sels, B. F.
- First look under imperiled Antarctic glacier finds ‘warm water coming from all directions’ 20. February 2020Nature, Published online: 20 February 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00497-4Thwaites Glacier's collapse could raise sea levels worldwide by more than half a metre.Jeff Tollefson
- Scientists question China’s decision not to report symptom-free coronavirus cases 20. February 2020Nature, Published online: 20 February 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00434-5Researchers say that excluding these people could conceal the epidemic’s true extent, but others say the practice makes sense.David Cyranoski
- Daily briefing: Radar survey sparks debate on Egyptian queen Nefertiti 20. February 2020Nature, Published online: 20 February 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00515-5Archaeologists detect hidden rooms next to Tutankhamun’s tomb, scientists question coronavirus case-counting and an introvert offers public-speaking tipsEmma Stoye
- Synapse: Spark Biomimicry Ideas 26. August 2019Synapse by Biomimicry 3.8 is an environment for our staff to share their expertise and thought leadership in biomimicry with the world. It’s our way of inviting you to join us in our awe for the natural world and discover the inspirational ways that innovators from around the world are using biomimicry to solve tough challenges, […]jessica
- 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 […]austin
- Impressive Impact: 2016-2018 Cohort Grads Ready to Lead 24. April 2018The 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.jenna