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Water Vapour Harvesting by the Namib Desert Beetle

The wing covers of the Namib desert beetle gather water from the air using nanoscale bumps. The Namibian Beetle (Stenocara gracilipes) lives in one of the driest deserts in the world, the Namib on the southwest coast of Africa, but obtains all of the water it needs from ocean fog due to the unique surface […]

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Namib Desert beetle inspiration for self-filling water bottle

A US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. NBD Nano aims to mimic the way a beetle survives in an African desert to create a self-filling water bottle capable of storing up to three litres every hour.

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Adopt a New Paradigm this Earth Day (April 22nd)

A recent study found that Americans spend less than one hour a week outside and asserts that this is leading to all kinds of ailments, including increased levels of stress and illness, obesity, fatigue, and even ADHD. This is one reason why we are being encouraged to adopt a new paradigm this Earth Day April […]

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What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. I think of it as “innovation inspired by nature.” The core idea is […]

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