Stories about Biology
The revolution of plantoids
Robots are usually inspired by humans and animals. But the very last frontier is the ‘plantoids’ – plant robots able to move and explore the environment with their smart sensors. Their ‘mother’ is researcher Barbara Mazzolai
Research projects about Biology
The FEAT project aims at investigating how science and art can inspire each other. Six leading artists are hosted within FET research projects and develop artworks based on the scientists’ activity. They also engage the public on the relationship between art and science at social events such as workshops and exhibitions. FEAT’s ultimate goal is to use an artistic reinterpretation of modern research areas to bring citizens closer to the current frontiers of science.
The LiNaBioFluid project aims at creating biomimetic surfaces with particular wetting properties. The study is inspired by the integuments or behinds of certain animals such as bark bugs and lizards. The objective of LiNaBioFluid is to modify the surfaces' properties using lasers. The results are expected to provide new insights and applications in the fields of friction reduction and lubrificants.
The goal of the MRG-GRammar project is to develop a new approach for deciphering the “language of DNA”. This approach will make use of interdisciplinary investigation lines to shed light on the regulatory code of the genes. The results of the project may lead to personal therapies based on the patient’s DNA.
The GrowBot project wishes to develop robots that imitate the behaviour of climbing plants using ICT technologies. They adapt their movements based on external environmental conditions and grow accordingly using additive manufacturing processes. This technology may find applications related to energy efficiency and harvesting.