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  • Neurodynamic modeling of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster 13. September 2020
    This manuscript describes neuromechanical modeling of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in the form of a hexapod robot, Drosophibot, and an accompanying dynamic simulation. Drosophibot is a testbed for real-time dynamical neural controllers modeled after the anatomy and function of the insect nervous system. As such, Drosophibot has been designed to capture features of the […]
    C A Goldsmith, N S Szczecinski and R D Quinn
  • Aerodynamics of the Wells turbine with a Hawkmoth-inspired blade design 13. September 2020
    This work introduces a new biomimetic design for the well-known Wells turbine to enhance its efficiency for harvesting energy. In this paper, a biomimetic Wells turbine inspired by the geometry of hawkmoth wings is presented. Aerodynamics of both the bio-inspired design and the conventional design are investigated through computational fluid dynamics. Non-dimensional performance indicators of […]
    Hongliang Wang, Ye Li, Stefan Pröbsting, Xiaobo Zheng, Qiuhao Hu, Di Chen, Hao Liu and Xiaoni Wu
  • Flexible electromagnetic capturer with a rapid ejection feature inspired by a biological ballistic tongue 13. September 2020
    Bionics is the inspiration resource of state-of-the-art science and technology. The chameleon can capture prey at great distances with the assistance of its highly stretchable and ballistic tongue. Inspired by this biological structure, here we demonstrate the fabrication of flexible electromagnetic manipulators. The as-prepared flexible electromagnetic manipulator can reach a maximum velocity of 8.1 m […]
    Longxin Kan, Fengxiao Lei, Bo Song, Bin Su and Yusheng Shi

RSS Science Magazine

  • COVID-19 can affect the heart 23. September 2020
    COVID-19 has a spectrum of potential heart manifestations with diverse mechanisms
    Topol, E. J.
  • Immune life history, vaccination, and the dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 over the next 5 years 21. September 2020
    The future trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic hinges on the dynamics of adaptive immunity against SARS-CoV2; however, salient features of the immune response elicited by natural infection or vaccination are still uncertain. We use simple epidemiological models to explore estimates for the magnitude and timing of future Covid-19 cases given different protective efficacy and duration […]
    Saad-Roy, C. M., Wagner, C. E., Baker, R. E., Morris, S. E., Farrar, J., Graham, A. L., Levin, S. A., Mina, M. J., Metcalf, C. J. E., Grenfell, B. T.
  • Free fatty acid binding pocket in the locked structure of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein 21. September 2020
    COVID-19, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), represents a global crisis. Key to SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic development is unraveling the mechanisms driving high infectivity, broad tissue tropism and severe pathology. Our 2.85 Å cryo-EM structure of SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) glycoprotein reveals that the receptor binding domains (RBDs) tightly bind the essential free fatty acid (FFA) […]
    Toelzer, C., Gupta, K., Yadav, S. K. N., Borucu, U., Davidson, A. D., Kavanagh Williamson, M., Shoemark, D. K., Garzoni, F., Staufer, O., Milligan, R., Capin, J., Mulholland, A. J., Spatz, J., Fitzgerald, D., Berger, I., Schaffitzel, C.

RSS Nature Journal

  • The potential of real-world data 23. September 2020
    Nature, Published online: 23 September 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02680-zJanssen’s Craig Tendler talks to Nature about how data collected by the company after a drug is approved can be used to improve treatment.
    Anna Nowogrodzki
  • Online learning cannot just be for those who can afford its technology 23. September 2020
    Nature, Published online: 23 September 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02709-3The dramatic shift to online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic risks widening educational inequalities.
  • Colloidal diamond 23. September 2020
    Nature, Published online: 23 September 2020; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2718-6Self-assembly of cubic diamond crystals is demonstrated, by using precursor clusters of particles with carefully placed ‘sticky’ patches that attract and bind adjacent clusters in specific geometries.
    Mingxin He

RSS Biomimicry 3.8

  • Synapse: Spark Biomimicry Ideas 26. August 2019
    Synapse 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, […]
  • 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.