Biomimicry


In a few days, fervent fans will scatter to the nearest theater to catch one of the most anticipated movies of the summer: The Amazing Spider-Man.

An exciting little detail about this franchise reboot is that it stays truer to the original comic books than previous films, with Spider-man (Andrew Garfield) shooting artificial webs from web-shooters (that he makes) rather than shooting organic webs from his wrists.

Might not seem like a big deal, but ask your friendly neighborhood comic book fan or bioengineer and you’ll discover the difference is huge! (more…)

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Today marks the opening of the twenty-first Winter Olympic Games, held this time in Vancouver, British Columbia. Athletes representing over 80 countries will compete in fifteen winter sport events, all hoping to hear their national anthem played for them.

Though the Olympics have long been considered an amateurs’ competition, there’s nothing unprofessional about the competitors. They’ve spent years conditioning their bodies and training their minds for their respective sports. Meanwhile, scientists and corporations continually work together to produce uniforms and equipment that aid participants in competitions. Everything about these athletes, from their technique and form to their specially designed apparel, is optimized for the best performance possible. (more…)