TAG: Biological

Gadgets that Will Self-Destruct on Demand

john rogers

With a little help from Pentagon funds, Darpa, the Defense Advanced Research Agency, has been developing devices that will be able to self-destruct on command. In order to render themselves inactive, and effectively transform into thin strands of mush, devices begin to biodegrade when exposed to water. And thus, biological fluids and other liquids. Such transient electronics would prove useful in multiple applications, including use for medicinal and military purposes. In healthcare facilities, devices could be placed within post-operative wounds to monitor for signs of infections, dissolving into the patient’s bodily fluids over time. During military missions, the technology could… read more

Biomimetics Inspire Design

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Biomimetics (n.) [bahy-oh-mi-met-iks] – The study and development of synthetic systems that mimic the formation, function, or structure of biologically produced substances and materials and biological mechanisms and processes. That word is probably not in your vocabulary, but it will be soon. Biomimetics is more than just a study/development of synthetics. It is literally catalyzing and designing the future in more ways than one. According to Tim McGee, Senior Biologist at the Biomimicry Group, this study represents a way to shape tomorrow. “Biomimetic materials have the potential to rewrite our story of stuff. For most of the materials we use… read more