Do you enjoy the strange mix of nature, technology and science? Join us for a two day workshop to explore strategies from the natural world and investigate how they can inform human design and technology. The weekend will include providing a broad introduction to the concept of biomimicry with a focus in on the insect world; the program includes a mixture of outdoors and classroom learning and presentations from local naturalists and researchers. This 3rd Biomimicry Alberta workshop is intended for students and professionals from any discipline and background interested in design and a sustainable future for Alberta (or anywhere!)
June 24-25, @ University of Alberta
Registration now open here!
Register to BAW03 Saturday Night Event @ Devaney’s here!
We are a group of professionals from Edmonton preparing a submission to enter this year’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The challenge this year is to create a nature-inspired innovation that combats climate change. Our team is looking for a video editor or producer to help us create a 3 minute video pitch for the submission. Called ReRoot, our concept looks to the wood wide web and fungal internet to improve the structure and function of community groups and encourage local material cycling.
The submission deadline is April 30th, and we’re hoping to have a draft by the 15th. We have developed a storyboard, captured some video, and have still images, but need some serious help stitching it all together and recording and adding audio voice over and music. Perks include a portion of the winnings (and the glory!) if our submission carries forward to the next round.
If you are looking to produce a high-quality portfolio piece that will be posted online and viewed by an international audience, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can coordinate a meeting and get started!
Lecture: Tuesday, February 7th at 2pm at ICE 7-395, University of Alberta
Animals are automated cleaning machines. They are covered with specialized hairs and spikes that can remove and even prevent particles from landing in the first place, using methods that have no modern equivalent. In this talk, I discuss how animals groom, from labradors to tigers. We use high-speed and time-lapse videography to show how dogs shake off water, eyelashes deflect air flow, and cats keep their fur clean. Special attention is paid to using theoretical models and advances in 3D printing to discovering new principles in soft, self-cleaning systems.
Dr. David Hu is a mechanical engineer who studies the interactions of animals with water. He has discovered how dogs shake dry, how insects walk on water, and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying. He was awarded the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics, and defended basic research in a Scientific American article, “Confessions of a wasteful scientist.”. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, he earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from M.I.T., and is now Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech. His work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and Highlights for Children. He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports and The Journal of Experimental Biology.
Photo credit: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
“… it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Change is inevitable, and life is resilient to it.”
Read full article: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-keep-hope-alive-under-donald-trump-biomimicry/
Photo: John Nychka
If you still have any doubts that the future of wealth, economies and jobs are based on renewables, check out this talk. If you get impatient, skip to the facts shown from minute 9:26.
Published on Jan 13, 2017
The great energy transition is underway. Renewable electricity build-out is outpacing dirty projects. Global greenhouse gas emissions have flatlined, but the transition isn’t happening fast enough to significantly arrest climate change. Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity and Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, draws from lessons learned over decades as an activist and entrepreneur on the frontlines of the global energy transition. He illustrates his vision of how to achieve clean energy accessible to people of all classes, cultures and countries in a distributed, decentralized and democratized system.
Introduction by David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.
This speech was given at the 2016 National Bioneers Conference.