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Moth eyes may hold key to more efficient solar cells

A team led by Peng Jiang of the University of Florida are adapting the structure of moth eyes to increase the efficiency of solar cells.  Existing anti-reflective coatings are only effective within a narrow range of frequencies, making solar...

2008/02/26 - 10:46
Using Nature as a Design Guide

BusinessWeek included an article on Janine Benyus and the biomimicry design movement in their Green Design Special Report.  In addition to being called...

2008/02/18 - 14:02
Virus-Built Electronics

A team led by Angela Belcher at MIT are using viruses as self-organizing templates to create new nanomaterials.  Viruses form orderly patterns when sufficiently concentrated, and can be modified to bind inorganic materials.  This approach has...

2007/11/07 - 11:10
Glue That Sticks to Nearly Everything

Researchers led by Phillip Messersmith of Northwestern University have identified a compound similar to two of the active components in the 'glue' that mussels use to attach themselves.  The compound can form thin films to which a wide variety of...

2007/11/04 - 19:23
Microorganisms Key to Pearly Paint

Researchers led by Andrew Parker of Green College, Oxford University, are developing techniques for culturing diatoms for their ability to alter light.  Diatoms contain networks of tiny holes, which selectively reflect light to create an...

2007/10/20 - 18:28
Nature's engineers reveal nano skills

Collaboration between biologists, physicists, engineers, chemists and material scientists at the Natural History Museum (London, UK) has led to a technique for creating photonic nanostructures modeled on the iridescent scales of Morpho...

2007/07/04 - 10:08
Trying to copy the greatest nanotechnologist of all

A team led by Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) has developed a way of creating a mold of a naturally occurring, self-assembled objects.  Accuracy at the 2nm scale has been achieved.  This allows researchers...

2007/06/24 - 13:14
IBM Brings Nature to Computer Chip Manufacturing

IBM has developed a method of using self-assembly techniques inspired by seashells, snowflakes and tooth enamel to create insulating vacuum around wires in computer chips, increasing signal speed by 35 percent or reducing energy by 15 percent. ...

2007/05/18 - 13:49
Tactile Sensor as Sensitive as Human Skin

One of the challenges of bio-inspired design is the microscopic scale at which biology works. A number of recent articles have described advances in nano-manufacturing.  Especially intriguing has been the relative ease at which this manufacturing...

2006/06/10 - 18:26
A Sponge's Guide to Nano-Assembly

Researchers at the University of California (Santa Barbara) are building semiconducting nano-materials using self-assembly techniques learned from sponges.  One type of sponge creates needles of glass using enzymes which act as a template as well...

2006/06/07 - 17:48