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Scientists Look to Nature for Design Inspiration

by Shawn Radcliffe

In the quest for innovative and functional designs, many scientists are now turning to nature for inspiration. Known as biomimicry, or bio-inspired design, this approach has taken scientists in many new directions, with potential applications for medicine, search-and-rescue, toxic waste cleanup, and consumer product design.

Scientists are approaching their work from many different angles. They are building tiny machines using living cells, creating micro-robots based on insects, building synthetic fibers similar to those found in real creatures, and using artificial intelligence to engineer machines and parts that resemble something you’d find in nature.

This PBS NewsHour report takes you into the laboratories of scientists at the leading edge of this field, one that blurs the boundaries between the animate and the inanimate.

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Jumping spiders have REM-like twitches when they sleep, suggesting dreams may be much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously realized

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Supermassive Black Holes

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This new NASA animation highlights the “super” in supermassive black holes. These monsters lurk in the centers of most big galaxies, including our own Milky Way, and contain between 100,000 and tens of billions of times more mass than our Sun.

Connection to Source via the Cerebrospinal Fluid

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Investigate the cerebrospinal fluid and integrate new research to evolve the hypothesis of The Cerebrospinal fluid and I Am


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