Syncing Fireflies…

Topics: Biology, Biomimetics, Biotechnology, Computer Modeling, Mathematics In Japanese folk traditions, they symbolize departing souls or silent, ardent love. Some Indigenous cultures in the Peruvian Andes view them as the eyes of ghosts. And across various Western cultures, fireflies, glow-worms, and other bioluminescent beetles have been linked to a dazzling and at times contradictory arrayContinue reading “Syncing Fireflies…”

4D Beetles…

Topics: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Biomimetics Researchers in the Netherlands have produced models of a beetle that changes color and a scallop shell that opens and closes in response to changing humidity in the surrounding air. Inspired by iridescent structures in nature,¬†Jeroen Sol¬†and colleagues at the Eindhoven University of Technology showed that they could integrateContinue reading “4D Beetles…”