Biomimetics, Micro-design, Arctium minus et al Hook and Velcro – A PhD and a Virtual Textbook on Biological Attachment Mechanisms and their Mimicking

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Today I submitted a Paper

It’s a strange feeling that  joker and a misfit like me should be writing actual science. Today I submitted a consolidation paper to the Journal of the Australian Fishing Industry which I guess means money and possible further interest:

Microdesign: Opening the Door to the Garden, from Arctium minus to the microdesign of a Universal Foot for assessing mechanical properties of hooked structures at dimensions less than 100 microns.


It has been assigned to the “Journal of Earth Sciences and Climate Change”.


As I say, so you now catch me with the Just Written and Submitted smugness/content that makes me unruly, you know?

I had to e-mail the University of Bath to rub it in their faces of course but in truth, I want to impress them with my earnestness and the need to return to complete so I can leave this country unharmed.


Bioman aka Microman

Spike in Readership

It seems from observation of the site stats and the Springer-Open figures for accesses, I am experiencing a spike of activity (28/8/2016).

Just to let you know this blog is active


and latest accesses are:

Paper 1 has broken 1200!  Rising to 1215!

Paper 2: 641

Paper 3: and this is the crux, 553 accesses which means theoretically I have had over 550 readers of my thesis in less than 4 months.

Paper Statistics

On this day:  27/8/2016

Paper 1 (29 July 2015)  has had

1198 accesses and 1 citation

Paper 2 (9 December 2015)  has had

634 accesses and 2 citations and

Paper 3 (5 May 2016) had had

547 accesses.

Microdesign – University Affiliation

It should be noted that I have not been affiliated to any formal University Research Facilities since 2005, when I parted company with Bath University – an OFSTED Approved Five Star Research Facility in the UK.

All 3 papers are peer-reviewed and my own personal copyright, the last in the sequence published in May 2016.

So this site is a Prime Source which is not available to any University students anywhere, or available to ALL University and other students Everywhere, free of charge.


For the record

I believe that my paper 3 is the first paper Ever to use the word Microdesign in its Title.

So this very blog is the seed of a new science, microdesign of structures, in the mechanical engineering field, that is, manufacture and transfer of technology to science not vice versa.


The Bioman, Bruce Saunders

History of this Blog Part 2


By way of introducing the subject of Mental Health believe me when I say that I have self-analysed to a great extent upon the matter and that does not get any stronger than being able to say that, at the moment, I am healthy, fit and able to write.  But I may not DO the usual during the course of my day, for instance.  I may choose coffee instead of tea, for instance, even though I am known locally to be the South African who always drinks Red Bush tea in the Adventure Cafe.

I have felt and touched the lives of many sufferers of ill-health or they have touched mine and this is what I know:  it doesn’t even come to the bend in the river before it gets strong, the current that is, so get out before you find yourself disappearing around the corner from sight or view of the Officials in charge of your case.  Always check your notes and do not trust the doctor to prescribe nor even diagnose effectively until you know you are well enough to self-analyse to a certain extent and come to some resolve with regards to taking a form of medication.

I will be firm about this – I do believe that the medication given out by the NHS is behind the time and you will not find satisfaction if you make do.  Your weight will increase as a side effect and then you will grow Moobs.  It is not a pleasant sight to see nor to feel either.

Now I will tell you about my mishap with the University of Bath authorities.

There are a lot of mishandled places here to be investigated, but one of these is the result of my investigation into the whereabouts of my records.

It is my duty to tell you that I am not being a lot of hot air here – my medical files are scattered across the country, not centralised.  This, in Britain, is tantamount to being incarcerated without trial since each new episode is a new One and not an old so it is therefore the real thing and available to investigation each time it happens.  In other words, a solicitor should be present each time the assessment under Mental health grounds is made.

Second of all, and this is pertinent to me, in my particular case I have been told that my record of Health at the University is incomplete numerous times and yet they have on record that the use of psychiatry to analyse my problems as a result of my assault have been found to be wrong.  This I have found this morning (22/8) and that is the one thing that they do not admire in me – my investigative ability. Under FOI I Have requested the records from the University Medical Centre at Bath and they have refused, also noting that it took a visit from a locum to get it out of them that they had on record files that pertained to me that contained the information they would have used had it been presented to them.

But had it?

For in the end it is me who suffered every time and I do not enjoy being incarcerated every time they (the University) object to the tone of my e-mails.  They should have referred to the New :Learning Curve they were assuming for Mental Health and conducted a Review based upon my experience of the University then, but it did not.  I now know when to say it.

I will sue the University of Bath if anyone takes offence to my messages of Peace and tried to instill the wrath of Khan i me for making the right move, by conducting these recitals in the Open.  Transparent.



Of course, none of you know the circumstances behind this Blog, but have signified enough interest to follow it so perhaps you may be interested in the circumstances behind it.  Have you heard of people who struggled to make it, to get their theories published?  Well, my circumstances are similar though the struggle has been for different reasons perhaps.

I started this PhD in 2002 and was assaulted violently in the streets of Bath within two weeks.

There begin the mind-fuck and the ecstasy, the ecstasy being my PhD and the agony dealing with harassment in the streets of the City and at home in the City too.

My struggle with my supervisor too was paramount.  Supervisors.

  1. Julian Vincent – the vainest stupid Professor I have ever heard tell of and my father was academic so I have heard plenty of stories.
  2. Adrian Bowyer – another vain failure who was unable to complete the part of the project for Paper 3 and he knew it and advised me accordingly without really trying to understand my plight, that I had limited funds available to do the project.  He even suggested that I ask my father for money!  When he knew he couldn’t do the part of the project required to complete it – the C++ code which had a secret he didn’t know or apparently consider or he would have done it wouldn’t he?
  3. Anthony Mileham who isn’t at man at all and unable to face me even now though he goes to the graduations I suppose in the City.

All these names can be investigated and asked after the circumstances PRIOR to my leaving and the truth now, not the obvious statements of lies in the light of the fact that I got published without a supervisor or even needing one.  Three, yes 3 times so far – this from a man they said was too insecure to take or not take as a PhD student even though I had been attacked in the City giving rise to PTSD for which I visited a psychiatrist to try and alleviate symptoms I did not understand.  Or even knew of, until they manifested themselves on me through the lack of treatment and then, the mis-treatment thereof.

I will be short for this is going to be long otherwise and too long for the format I have chosen.

Time away led to the end of it

Time away from the work led to my being unable to work well at the University – you see I was at home in South Africa visiting my father who was ill (and dying) and my wish was for him to see my graduate before he passed.  But this was to come in 2007.  Without me, for I was locked up in hospital for e-mailing the University incessantly insisting on a correction to my work so it could be published, for I submitted three papers to my supervisor Julian Vincent in April 2006, well before the deadline and yet he and they refused to communicate with me outright.  They pulled a schoolboy move on me and forbade my contacting and members pf staff or students.  So I continued to e-mail, this time lasting six or seven years before I learned it was possible to Blog it all and I did.

I put ALL my research work on the web and you can see it here whenever you want – Sorry it is in a disarray sometimes but it has taken a long time to get all the images in place etc and that does not mean you can’t see what it is – a long hard pull to the shore.  I will be frank, I did not expect it to be so good, to be published and have a Blog too as it proves what I say, that persistence isn’t about being in, it’s about being “out there” and ready for anything.

I REALLY thought I was in danger of losing it – I had been in hospital so many times because of the University that I began to doubt my own worth and even give up….but it didn’t happen, but instead I published through the inadvertent contribution of Nikolay who didn’t know that the Call for Papers on his Linked-In group would attract my eye.  But it did and now I am the sole English voice on the Journal of Robotics and Biomimetics author list.  By far.  All the rest are either Chinese or other members of the Tiger economies.

This is it

I have been unemployed for about ten years now and I am sure that is to do with the reference the University is sending out for me.  The University of Bath, a notoriously Conservative haven for the Masonic Order (and others).

Now I have been published and it is about time that the University confers to me my PhD as I have done it all, all of it, a solitary endeavor which is rewarded with a point that they cannot make cos I am sole owner of the Copyright.  Me.  Bruce E to you. 🙂

So we have it so – about three, no, 2 and 1/2 years ago I wrote down all I could and put it on the web – to see – and the web went ape for I had not been told of the WordPress thrill of highlighting salient blogs and I had hits coming out of my ears but no comments cos I was in the wrong format of theme at the time – I was using a poetry theme not an academic one as this is.

Okay? So I go to the end of the words and that is it – I need to hear you now. Any questions or comments PLEASE?  So I know you are there?





Buckminster-Fuller Response

Dear Bruce Saunders,

Thank you for submitting your application to the student category of the 2016 Fuller Challenge. I am sorry to inform you that your project has not been selected as the winner of the student award category.

This year, the Fuller Challenge received dozens of student entries from around the world. The Challenge Review Committee, comprised of over 20 individuals with knowledge and expertise across the disciplinary spectrum, has spent the past three months pouring through the entries and evaluating their fulfillment of our seven point criteria as outlined in the Call for Proposals: Visionary, Comprehensive, Anticipatory, Ecologically Responsible, Verifiable, Feasible, and Replicable.

Applications were not only evaluated against this set of criteria, but were also judged alongside the other projects present in the applicant pool in this year’s cycle. What this means is that the student winner not only has to meet each of our seven criteria, but must do so at a higher level than other submitted applications. This is, indeed, quite a feat.

It is our goal to increase the resources we are able to share with our growing network of comprehensive designers. We strongly encourage you to access information about The Buckminster Fuller Institute’s other programs and opportunities by visiting our website – – and opting-in to receive updates and news by email.

Thank you for sharing your work with us, and your inspiring commitment to answering Buckminster Fuller’s Challenge to: “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” We encourage you to keep us informed about your work and apply again in a future cycle of the Fuller Challenge.

With deep appreciation,

The Buckminster Fuller Review Committee

You can go here to view the submission: