biomimicry

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Mention spiders, and many people shiver.

But a local researcher says they are nature’s most adept architects, spinning intricate webs from amazingly elastic material.

In this week’s Exploradio WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on why the eight-legged arachnids deserve our respect.

We’re in the lab of University of Akron researcher Todd Blackledge.

CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY

A team at the University of Akron has developed a new type of non-toxic pigment inspired by the vibrant colors of bird feathers.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that the success came as a surprise to the researchers.