AESOP Goes Live!

Announcing the new entity: “Analyzing Evolved Structures and Solutions as Optimized Patterns, Products, and Paradigms Science for the Human Habitat”

Invited Commission, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibition

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will fill most of two […]

The Smart Window

The Smart Window is trying to balance several competing requirements for windows. Architects prefer transparency in the design of buildings for their aesthetic appeal. However, transparent windows may let in too much sunlight on a scorching summer day, causing interiors to become over-heated and then require artificial cooling. This is […]

How Nanoscale Optics Create Nature’s Most Dazzling Colors

What do a butterfly’s shimmering wings, a fish’s opalescent scales, and a peacock’s brilliant feathers have in common? Yes, their colors are beautifully iridescent. But they are also produced by the physical interaction of light with sophisticated nanoscale architecture that we are only just beginning to understand. read more

Understanding butterfly wing color

Dan Janzen, a professor in Penn’s Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences, has spent the last two years in collaboration with Shu Yang, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The two share a common interest: The […]

Penn Humanities Forum: Beautiful Science

The Architecture of Butterflies Shu Yang Professor of Material Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania Daniel Janzen Professor of Biology and Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Term Chair, University of Pennsylvania John Tresch Associate Professor of History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania […]

Nano to Macro: The Music of Kirigami

Bowerbird and Soundfield are pleased to present the world premiere of three new works by composer and director Gene Coleman. The evening opens with presentations by architect and artist Jenny Sabin and two leading scientists from the University of Pennsylvania (Dr. Shu Yang and Dr. Randall Kamien). Together they will […]