Papyrus and electrostatic water condensation

  Dear readers, this is the last topic of three articles about electrostatic fields. In the first one I wrote about strategies for water condensation, and the second one was about natural electrostatic fields on plants. This article is about my own research where I investigated, if plants can actually condensate atmospheric water vapour on the...
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Communication in nature.

Last week my colleague Jan was writing about sensors. Today I would like to relate to that topic and discuss communication in nature. How do organisms communicate? Human beings for instance rely on verbal communication along with many other channels like hand gestures, behavior, facial expressions etc. Other animals are also using several different methods...
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Biomimetic Sensors – An Overview

Biomimetics. I guess most people who hear that word will think of the lotus effect or bioinspired shapes and forms such as Velcro or gecko’s feet . Maybe someone is thinking about some kind of natural inspired optimization e.g. honeycomb structures. In my experience nobody thinks about sensor, which is one of the biggest field...
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Bionisphere: the Biomimetic House

The Master program „Bionik/Biomimetics in Energy Systems“ at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (FH Kärnten) and „bionikum.austria“ have recently started a new project – »Bionisphere: the Biomimetic House«. The founding father of that idea is D. ID. Mag.art. Peter Piccottini, director of the mentioned study program.   It sounds like a futuristic project – but it’s...
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How to abstract a biological system to an easy experiment

Biology is quite a complex subject. Especially when you are trying to get deeper into a topic and understand how it is built up, functions and works, it can be very challenging and time-consuming to study a particular topic to its full extent. Still – behind every complex function there is a basic principle or...
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