Ultra-hard MaterialTel Aviv University
Tough material inspired by Alzheimer's disease
Structures maximize light absorptionplants
Thylakoid structures of plants and cyanobacteria maximize exposure to light by being stacked and cross-linked.
Mound facilitates gas exchangemound-building termites
The structure of above-ground macrotermite mounds facilitates gas exchange in the below-ground nest using internal air currents driven by solar heat.
Nests are dynamicTemnothorax ants
The colonies of Temnothorax ants adjust to colony growth or dimunition by shedding and reconstructing their nests.
Leaves have elasticity, shape memoryresurrection fern
Leaves of the resurrection fern regain shape after dehydration due to hierarchical structure of palisade and spongy layers.
Shape shades and enhances heat radiationcactus
Cacti stay cool by having ribs that provide shade and enhance heat radiation.
Elf Shelter Rainwater CollectorDrew Withington
Giant leaf shaped rainwater collector built using recycled wood.
Inflatable Resilient Structures
Turrets ventilate nestleaf-cutting ant
Nests of leaf-cutting ants are self-ventilation thanks to two different types of turrets that take advantage of wind.
Structural composition provides strength in changing conditionsplants
The cell walls of vascular plants provide mechanical strength during different stages of growth by adjusting their structural composition.