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Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Biomimetic Acoustic Sensors

DSIAC was asked to compile a literature review of current and past publications of MEMS acoustic sensor modeled after the small parasitic Ormia ochracea fly.  There was particular interest in U.S. and foreign government areas…


UNH Researchers Find Seed Coats Could Lead to Strong, Tough, yet Flexible Materials

Researchers say that the design principles described show a promising approach for increasing the mechanical performance of tiled composites of man-made materials. Since the overall mechanical properties of the prototypes could be tuned over a very large range by simply varying the waviness of the mosaic-like structures, they believe it can provide a roadmap for

Creature Feature: Twisting Cracks Impart Superhero Toughness to Animals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Super-resilient materials found in the animal kingdom owe their strength and toughness to a design strategy that causes cracks to follow the twisting pattern of fibers, preventing catastrophic failure. Researchers in a recent series of papers have documented this behavior in precise detail and also are creating new composite materials modeled

This Could Be the Most Biomimetic Prosthetic Hand Yet

There are now countless versions of 3D printed prosthetics out in the world, so many so that we come across new ones every day. Just yesterday, one solid Metal Gear Solid fan even had his own 3D printed prosthetic developed, modeled after the game. Now, two researchers from University of Washington, Zhe Xu and Emanuel