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  • Fluid-structure interaction modeling on a 3D ray-strengthened caudal fin 9. April 2019
    In this paper, we present a numerical model capable of solving the fluid-structure interaction problems involved in the dynamics of skeleton-reinforced fish fins. In this model, the fluid dynamics is simulated by solving the Navier–Stokes equations using a finite-volume method based on an overset, multi-block structured grid system. The bony rays embedded in the fin […]
    Guangyu Shi, Qing Xiao, Qiang Zhu and Wei Liao
  • Learning bioinspired joint geometry from motion capture data of bat flight 9. April 2019
    Bioinspired robotic systems are often designed by assuming that the kinematics of the biological system of interest are well approximated by an open kinematic chain subject to box constraints. These box-constrains are typically generated by designer interpretation of biomotion and anatomical studies or pragmatic fabrication constraints. In contrast to this standard design paradigm, this paper […]
    Matthew Bender, Jia Guo, Nathan Powell, Andrew Kurdila and Rolf Müller
  • Canal neuromasts enhance foraging in zebrafish ( Danio rerio ) 9. April 2019
    Aquatic animals commonly sense flow using superficial neuromasts (SNs), which are receptors that extend from the body’s surface. The lateral line of fishes is unique among these systems because it additionally possesses receptors, the canal neuromasts (CNs), that are recessed within a channel. The lateral line has inspired the development of engineered sensors and concepts […]
    Andres Carrillo, Dan Van Le, Margaret Byron, Houshuo Jiang and Matthew J McHenry

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  • Searching for hidden earthquakes in Southern California 18. April 2019
    Earthquakes follow a well-known power-law size relation, with smaller events occurring much more often than larger events. Earthquake catalogs are thus dominated by small earthquakes, yet still missing a much larger number of even smaller events caused by signal fidelity issues. To overcome these limitations, we applied a template matching detection technique to the entire […]
    Ross, Z. E., Trugman, D. T., Hauksson, E., Shearer, P. M.
  • Carrier lifetimes of >1 {mu}s in Sn-Pb perovskites enable efficient all-perovskite tandem solar cells 18. April 2019
    All-perovskite-based polycrystalline thin-film tandem solar cells have the potential to deliver efficiencies of > 30%. However, the performance of all-perovskite-based tandem devices have been limited by the lack of high-efficiency, low-band-gap Sn-Pb mixed-perovskite solar cells (PSCs). We report on using guanidinium thiocyanate (GuaSCN) to dramatically improve the structural and optoelectronic properties of Sn-Pb mixed, low-band-gap […]
    Tong, J., Song, Z., Kim, D. H., Chen, X., Chen, C., Palmstrom, A. F., Ndione, P. F., Reese, M. O., Dunfield, S. P., Reid, O. G., Liu, J., Zhang, F., Harvey, S. P., Li, Z., Christensen, S. T., Teeter, G., Zhao, D., Al-Jassim, M. M., van Hest, M. F. A. M., Beard, M. C., Shaheen, S. E., Berry, J. J., Yan, Y., Zhu, K.
  • Restriction of PD-1 function by cis-PD-L1/CD80 interactions is required for optimal T cell responses 18. April 2019
    Targeted blockade of PD-1 using checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapies can activate T cells to destroy tumors. PD-1 is believed to function mainly at the effector but not in the activation phase of T cell responses, yet how PD-1 function is restricted at the activation stage is currently unknown. Here we demonstrate that CD80 interacts with PD-L1 […]
    Sugiura, D., Maruhashi, T., Okazaki, I.-m., Shimizu, K., Maeda, T. K., Takemoto, T., Okazaki, T.

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  • Networking for introverted scientists 19. April 2019
    Networking for introverted scientistsNetworking for introverted scientists, Published online: 19 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01296-2Networking is a crucial skill for all scientists. Ruth Gotian offers tips for those who struggle to make it work.
    Ruth Gotian
  • ‘Global deal for nature’ fleshed out with specific conservation goals 19. April 2019
    ‘Global deal for nature’ fleshed out with specific conservation goals‘Global deal for nature’ fleshed out with specific conservation goals, Published online: 19 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01253-zTo maintain a liveable planet, governments need to protect 30% of Earth's land and sea and sustainably manage another 20%, say researchers.
    Jeff Tollefson
  • Algorithms spot millions of California’s tiniest quakes in historical data 18. April 2019
    Algorithms spot millions of California’s tiniest quakes in historical dataAlgorithms spot millions of California’s tiniest quakes in historical data, Published online: 18 April 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01258-8Project identifies reams of imperceptible tremors that can help to image fault lines in unprecedented detail.
    Robin Andrews

RSS Biomimicry 3.8

  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • 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.