Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

Bioinspiration & Biomimetics is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research involving the study and distillation of principles and functions found in biological systems that have been developed through evolution. The editor-in-chief is Robert Allen at the University of Southampton, UK. The journal is indexed in Medline/PubMed, Inspec, Scopus, EMBiology, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, NASA Astrophysics Data System, VINITI Abstracts Journal (Referativnyi Zhurnal).

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Engineering

Sounds of mosquito mating rituals could lead to quieter drones

Mosquitoes flap their wings not just to stay aloft but for two other critical purposes: to generate sound and to point that buzz in the direction of a potential mate, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered.

Engineering

Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

A team of engineers and marine biologists built a better suction cup inspired by the mechanism that allows the clingfish to adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces, such as rocks in the area where the tide comes and goes.

Robotics

Locust-inspired robot can jump 11 feet high (w/ video) (Updated)

(Tech Xplore)—Researchers have built a locust-inspired robot that is just 5 inches (13 cm) long and weighs 23 grams, but despite its small size can jump 11 feet (3.35 m) high and cover a horizontal distance of 4.5 feet ...