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Merry Christmas

Fri, 2019/12/20 - 08:26
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"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy, what a source of power. I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out, before we tackle that." - Thomas Edison (1931)


It's a time to reflect on the challenges and successes of the year almost at an end, the end of the decade, and what the future holds.

This year has seen us working on bicycle design, eco-hotels, food systems, through to advanced manufacturing and augmented reality safety standards. We have travelled to Greece, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Netherlands and even the Isle of Wight!

We've formed long term partnerships and are excited about how we can develop these, both in the UK and abroad. 

 

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Water Innovation

Mon, 2019/11/11 - 08:24
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WATER INNOVATION

 

"When the well is dry, they know the worth of water." - Benjamin Franklin

We are based in the UK, and as such you either have too much water or too little. How does our infrastructure, towns and cities handle these pressures, especially given the 'super' storms and warmer, drier summer in recent years? 

We are building more housing on flood plains and with lack of joined-up thinking, it's causing pressures on-site and downstream. Even our mismanagement of our health and peatlands is contributing to this. 

So how can we look to principles from the natural world to capture, store, filter, and release water? What systems and processes are more effective than what we already have in place. Should we reconsider our use of hard civil engineering and create places like Mayesbrook Climate Change Park in East London.

What about filtration, can we consider the more practical solution developed by Baleen Filters, an Australian-based technology provider. Based on how baleen whales, such as the blue whale filter food. Baleen Filters have developed separation, and self-cleaning technology based on these baleen processes at are more effective and use less energy.

At the larger scale BioMatrix Water, in Scotland, develops environmental and technological solutions for water management. By replicating the filtration purposes of plants and microbes found in coastal zones such as saltwater marshes, they are creating floating islands and natural water filtration products that form new habitats, increase biodiversity and minimise destruction of existing ecosystems. Turenscape in China delivers similar initiatives.

What about the study of processes at the cellular level? Discovered in the 1980s are aquaporins, effectively the plumbing system of cells. Plant and animal cells use these water channel proteins to let water molecules in and out of the cell, but deny access to other types of matter. Now a Danish company has called Aquaporin have developed this cellular filtration system into a water purification system for houses and businesses.

These are just some of the examples. What about fish bladders, clingfish, super-sticky and super slippy surfaces. We've not even discussed distributed network systems that build in resilience.


If you would like to discuss any of the points raised or are working on ideas for biomimicry and water innovation, please contact us now.

 

Photo by Anastasia Taioglou on Unsplash   BBC WORLD SERVICE 'NERD-FEST'
The "nerd-fest" live show that Richard recorded in the summer with the BBC World Service. A scorpion and tarantula on stage, biomimicry bingo and animal music, recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Welcome to the season finale, with your suggestions of animals which are inspiring us. Hosted by the brilliant Patrick Aryee.

Listen now on the BBC World Service.
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Join Richard James MacCowan and Veronika Kapsali live from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation DIF line up of disruptive ideas and innovations. Watch it all at thinkdif.co, at 5 pm on the 12th November talking about innovation, solutions from nature and Industry 4.0.

You can watch live by following the thinkdif.co. #thinkdif

If you would like to book Richard for your next speaking engagement, please get in contact. Photo by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation   BBC WORLD SERVICE 'NERD-FEST'
The "nerd-fest" live show that Richard recorded in the summer with the BBC World Service. A scorpion and tarantula on stage, biomimicry bingo and animal music, recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Welcome to the season finale, with your suggestions of animals which are inspiring us. Hosted by the brilliant Patrick Aryee.

Listen now on the BBC World Service.
If you would like to book Richard for your next speaking engagement, please get in contact.
  Photo by the BBC World Service.   -->
  • The role of food in city-based responses to climate and nature emergency (Sustain)
  • Fish simulations provide new insights into the energy costs of swimming (Phys.org)
  • Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests (Phys.org)
  • Regenerative agriculture could radically impact climate change (Quartz)
  • The Incredible Convergence Of Deep Learning And Genomics (Hackernoon)

 

                                    Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

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