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  • Computational investigation of wing-body interaction and its lift enhancement effect in hummingbird forward flight 6. June 2019
    A lift enhancement mechanism due to wing-body interaction (WBI) was previously proved to be significant in the forward flight of insect flyers with wide-shape bodies, such as cicada. In order to further explore WBI and its lift enhancement effect in a flapping flight platform with different wing and body shapes, numerical investigations of WBI were […]
    Junshi Wang, Yan Ren, Chengyu Li and Haibo Dong
  • Numerical prediction of aerodynamic performance for a flying fish during gliding flight 6. June 2019
    Flying fish is a family of unique aerial–aquatic animals, which can both swim in the water and glide over the sea surface. Most previous studies on their aerodynamic characteristics were based on field observations or measurements of their morphometric parameters. In the present study, we consider three different flying fish models, of which the preliminary […]
    Jian Deng, Lingxin Zhang, Zhiyou Liu and Xuerui Mao
  • A minimal longitudinal dynamic model of a tailless flapping wing robot for control design 5. June 2019
    Recently, several insect- and hummingbird-inspired tailless flapping wing robots have been introduced. However, their flight dynamics, which are likely to be similar to that of their biological counterparts, remain yet to be fully understood. We propose a minimal dynamic model that is not only validated with experimental data, but also able to predict the consequences […]
    K M Kajak, M Karásek, Q P Chu and G C H E de Croon

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  • Observation of a Majorana zero mode in a topologically protected edge channel 13. June 2019
    Superconducting proximity pairing in helical edge modes, such as those of topological insulators (TI), is predicted to provide a unique platform for realizing Majorana zero modes (MZMs). We use scanning tunneling microscopy measurements to probe the influence of proximity induced superconductivity and magnetism on the helical hinge states of Bi(111) films, grown on a superconducting […]
    Jäck, B., Xie, Y., Li, J., Jeon, S., Bernevig, B. A., Yazdani, A.
  • Structured spike series specify gene expression patterns for olfactory circuit formation 6. June 2019
    Neural circuits emerge through the interplay of genetic programming and activity-dependent process. During the development of mouse olfactory map, axons segregate into distinct glomeruli in an olfactory receptor (OR)-dependent manner. ORs generate a combinatorial code of axon-sorting molecules, whose expression is regulated by neural activity. However, how neural activity induces OR-specific expression patterns of axon-sorting […]
    Nakashima, A., Ihara, N., Shigeta, M., Kiyonari, H., Ikegaya, Y., Takeuchi, H.
  • RNA-guided DNA insertion with CRISPR-associated transposases 6. June 2019
    CRISPR-Cas nucleases are powerful tools to manipulate nucleic acids; however, targeted insertion of DNA remains a challenge as it requires host cell repair machinery. Here we characterize a CRISPR-associated transposase (CAST) from cyanobacteria Scytonema hofmanni which consists of Tn7-like transposase subunits and the type V-K CRISPR effector (Cas12k). ShCAST catalyzes RNA-guided DNA transposition by unidirectionally […]
    Strecker, J., Ladha, A., Gardner, Z., Schmid-Burgk, J. L., Makarova, K. S., Koonin, E. V., Zhang, F.

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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 […]
  • 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.