10 questions to … Prof. Thomas Speck!

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Today we would like to introduce a new article format which will appear on our blog from time to time: ‚10 questions to …‘. We are interviewing people working in the field of Biomimetics and ask them questions concerning their work, interest and opinion on their subject. We will try to choose interviewees with different...
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‘Temperature regulation in plants and animals’– An Engineers Point of view

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One week ago my colleague Anja spoke about temperature regulation in plants and animals.  Temperature regulation in plants and animals.  I would like to follow up on that topic and relate how technical implementations of some of those principles could look like. Heating and cooling systems are quite prominent these days. We humans have conquered both...
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Artificial Skin Today!

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In my last articles I set the focus on the field of sensors in Biomimetics. Today I’d like to write about skin and its technological future. The skin is the main instance for a lot of creatures to create a border between them and their environment. However, a skin is not just about the definition of their own...
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Flectofin® – a hingless flapping mechanism

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If there is one astonishing example for a biomimetic project following the ‘bottom up approach’, it is the example of the Bird-of-paradise flower Strelitzia reginae with its extraordinary hingeless flapping (opening) mechanism. This biological system has been successfully analyzed, its functional principle abstracted and implemented in a technical system as a cooperation between biologists, engineers...
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Communication in nature.

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Last week my colleague Jan was writing about sensors. Today I would like to relate to that topic and discuss communication in nature. How do organisms communicate? Human beings for instance rely on verbal communication along with many other channels like hand gestures, behavior, facial expressions etc. Other animals are also using several different methods...
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