Biohavior

  • Branching

    In nature trees branch to extend their leaf coverage in its quest for greater absorption of light for photosynthesis, energy and further growth. In the Blind Watchmaker System, we have researched the theory of tropism (link to article) and phototropism is growth towards a light stimulus, facilitated greatly by the action of branching. Our theorised […]

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  • Design Genes – Principles of Design Genes

    What is a design gene? A quick recap from part 1 in the series on ‘Design Genes’. Design genes act as instructions to allow structures to emerge during the process of design growth within a given engineering environment. Blind Watchmaker Consider the growth and development of a tree. A seed which contains the all genes […]

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  • Research Challenges

    Continuing innovation is essential to bring ever better solutions to market, improving productivity, health and wealth. Mass production of consumer products (such as iPhones & white goods) and the development of complex systems (such as aircraft) have become common, with a corresponding need for better design and manufacturing systems to ensure continued innovation and improvement. […]

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  • Tropism

    Tropism is the term used to describe the response, normally orientation and growth, of a plant towards or away from a stimulus. There exist many types of tropism in nature, including: • Gravitropism – Reorientation of angle of growth relative to gravity • Phototropism – Bending growth toward light stimulus • Hydrotropism – growth or […]

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  • Design Genes – What is a design gene?

    A gene is the basic physical and functional unit of heredity. U.S. National Library of Medicine Genes consist of coding and non-coding regions that provide instructions to the cells during the development of the organism. Small variations in the genes can affect how an organism grows and develops. Genes can be passed down from generation […]

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  • Design genes direct development of design

    A design emerges from a seed consisting of design genes by following a development strategy influenced by the environment. As far as possible, the design must emerge rather than its formation being tightly controlled with predictable solutions. Fig. 1 illustrates that a design develops from a simple set of design genes and is represented as […]

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