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Latest Maurizio Porfiri's Dynamical Systems Laboratory Stories

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2011-03-09 11:59:12

NSF CAREER awardee studies the behavior of schooling fish and creates biologically inspired robots that may someday help preserve marine life Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new adhesives, clues from the natural world often lead to advances in our practical world. But the relationship between engineering and nature has been largely one-directional,...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.