How Sponges Will Inspire Tall Structures

marine sponge inspires skyscraper construction

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  • Sea sponges have inspired a new double lattice for construction.
  • Animal-inspired technology, especially from creatures that build and weave, is huge right now.
  • The sponge-inspired lattice resisted buckling longer than any other structure.

    The next generation of skyscrapers could be, well, spongey. Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences say a lattice reinforced with diagonals, inspired by the structures built by sponges, could mean lighter, but stronger skyscrapers and bridges.

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    Sponges are wild. They’re not just alive—they’re resilient predators that reproduce sexually, despite having no organs or tissues or even a traditional “inside” of their body structures. In a way, they’re living structures already, and their sturdiness is what helps them survive.

    The researchers explain in their new

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    Key control mechanism allows cells to form tissues and anatomical structures in the developing embryo

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    Determination of neural progenitor cell-cell de-adhesion forces using micropipette aspiration. Credit: IST Austria

    Under a microscope, the first few hours of every multicellular organism’s life seem incongruously chaotic. After fertilization, a once tranquil single-celled egg divides again and again, quickly becoming a visually tumultuous mosh pit of cells jockeying for position inside the rapidly growing embryo.


    Yet, amid this apparent pandemonium, cells begin to self-organize. Soon, spatial patterns emerge, serving as the foundation for the construction of tissues, organs and elaborate anatomical structures from brains to toes and everything in between. For decades, scientists have intensively studied this process, called morphogenesis, but it remains in many ways enigmatic.

    Now, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria have discovered a key control mechanism that cells use to self-organize in early embryonic development. The findings, published in Science on Oct. 2, shed light on a

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    Aerosol Container Market Outlooks 2020: Industry Analysis, Top Players, Latest Developments in Manufacturing Technology and Cost Structures

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    Sep 26, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
    Reports and Data has recently added an investigative study report on the “Global Aerosol Container Market”. The report assesses the Aerosol Container Market with regards to the profit margin, value chain analysis, recent developments, opportunities, year-on-year growth along with SWOT analysis, Porter’s Five Forces analysis, and PESTEL analysis. It also provides market estimates, size, and forecast for key segments and sub-segments for the period of 2020-2027. An in-depth analysis of the growth tactics and expansion undertaken by the prominent players of the market are covered in the report.

    Furthermore, the report is furnished with the latest impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market. The pandemic has affected every segment of the market, along with bringing disruption in the supply chain, demands & trends, and financial difficulties. The report covers

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