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  1. Food and Agriculture

    20 Oct 2019

    “We have to change how we produce and consume food, not just for environmental reasons, but because this is an existential issue for humans.” - Janet Ranganathan The race to the bottom is happening in the food industry, and our agriculture system is at breaking point. We are destroying the…


  2. Circular Economy

    18 Oct 2019

    “Biomimetics can support the path towards the circular economy by offering both conceptual and practical strategies, including ways of creating information-rich materials that transcend the current digital/physical boundaries and advanced sustainable technologies for manufacture.” - Veronika Kapsali When we think of systems in the natural world, we read about how…


  3. Superslippy Surfaces

    13 Aug 2019

    Chemistry In the natural world differs from our technological problem-solving approach whereas we use a large variety of elements, in nature the lighter elements (such as Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Hydrogen, Calcium, Phosphorous, Sulfur, Silicon etc.) With many heavy elements on the endangered list, we have seen an increase in R&D


  4. Structural Colour and the butterfly

    22 Jul 2019

    Male Morpho Butterflies are bright blue iridescent butterflies, whose colour has been reported to be so intense that they can be seen from low flying aircraft or “up to a quarter of a mile off” in their natural habitat in the rainforests of South America, as states P. Vukusic (1999).


  5. How nature inspires the material world

    30 Jun 2019

    Civilisations have been looking to nature for unique solutions to problems for thousands of years but it’s only since the mid-20th Century that this approach has started to become mainstream, explains Richard MacCowan. With Millions of species on the planet, Earth could be considered one big research and development lab.…


  6. British Standards Institute

    01 May 2019

    Richard has been invited to work with the British Standards Institute (BSI) on as the UK representative for the ongoing international ISO standards on Biomimetics.  This will allow us to help shape the next stage in the development of new standards focusing on an ontology (organisation of knowledge) enhanced thesaurus,…


  7. TEDx York Summary

    02 Dec 2018

    Richard was delighted to be asked to be one of the speakers at TEDx York on the 16th of November. The event hosted by Heather Niven was focusing on Blurred Realities. With noted speakers such as Kim Arazi, Tim Leigh and Catherine Allen, the topics were as varied as VR…


  8. BBC Countryfile Autumn Diaries

    14 Nov 2018

    Richard spent time with BBC Countryfile team filming a segment marking 100 years since the end of WWI. Filmed at the presenter, Paul Martin’s house, they played around with sphagnum moss, sycamore seeds, camouflage, spider webs and pine cones whilst discussing what technologies were inspired by nature that has been…


  9. Be The New Normal

    01 Mar 2018

    Nature as the Technology of the Future “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”, said Albert Einstein. Well, this is what we are going to do. Biomimicry is (or any other related terms) about how we can look to the natural world to find solutions…


  10. “Behind the Science”

    12 Nov 2017

    The preview for the “Behind the Science” interviews beginning this month.


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