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How Biomimicry Is Inspiring Human Innovation
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How Biomimicry Is Inspiring Human Innovation

It has inspired artists of all types, and now the natural world is attracting scientists and innovators who draw ideas from animals and plants to solve complicated human problems.

Discover the possibilities nature has to offer scientific and creative minds when it comes to tackling worldly issues.

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The Secret of Trees

The Secret of Trees

Fibonacci Sequence + Budding Inventor = Fantastic Discovery. See how a winter walk in the woods helped one remarkable 13-year-old crack a solar energy secret used by trees.
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AMNH
Ask Nature

Ask Nature

Explore specialized feather shapes, spreading slime mold, and more examples of nature's elegant solutions to human design challenges on this site devoted to biomimicry. More...

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Ask Nature
Analyzing the Mechanics of Butterflies in Flight

Analyzing the Mechanics of Butterflies in Flight

A butterfly may improve designs for tiny flying vehicles. Explore what mechanical engineers hope to gain by studying a butterfly's flight pattern. More...

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National Science Foundation
Mother Nature’s Shoes

Mother Nature’s Shoes

Watch the SciGirls test the rules of biomimicry to create shoes capable of walking on slippery ice. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Muscles were important to Leslie Hamming when she was a triathlete. Now mussels are. Mussels are a kind of clam. They make an amazing glue that Leslie is trying to mimic. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Aircraft and Biomimicry

Aircraft and Biomimicry

See how airplane designers have used a lotus leaf, shark skin, and other natural phenomena to advance aerodynamics in Airbus planes. More...

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Airbus
Biomimicry in Nature Slideshow

Biomimicry in Nature Slideshow

Nature has inspired architects to design structures with reduced energy consumption. Discover some surprising sources of their innovations. More...

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The Nature Conservancy
Biomimicry Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Biomimicry Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Forests of kelp may appear idle flowing in the sea, but they’re just one small part of nature inspiring innovators. Investigate their purpose and what scientists hope to gain from them. More...

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National Geographic
Biomimicry Taxonomy: Biology Organized by Challenge

Biomimicry Taxonomy: Biology Organized by Challenge

Here’s a novel system that classifies organisms and natural systems by their functions. Use its framework to ask questions of nature to begin your design challenge. More...

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Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
Biomimicry’s Surprising Lessons from Nature’s Engineers

Biomimicry’s Surprising Lessons from Nature’s Engineers

"Nature nerd" and science writer Janine Benyus is a champion of biomimicry. Watch her TED talk about new ways that nature's successes are inspiring innovators. More...

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TED
Gecko Feet

Gecko Feet

Interested in rock climbing, Jennifer and Nooshin researched which lizards do it best. Find out what they learned about an invention modeled on “sticky” gecko feet. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Gigantic termite nests inspired an architect to design an energy-efficient office and shopping complex in Zimbabwe's capital city. Investigate the insect systems that provided his ideas. More...

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Inhabit.com
Managing Energy (Products)

Managing Energy (Products)

Living systems have devised strategies over time to manage energy effectively so they can survive. Take a look at a collection of some energy-management products inspired by nature. More...

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Ask Nature
Soft Robots Go for Color, Camouflage

Soft Robots Go for Color, Camouflage

After examining starfish, squid, and octopuses, researchers are developing soft color-changing robots. Discover how they’re creating them and why they’ll be useful to humans. More...

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Harvard
Sticky Tape Inspired by Insect Feet

Sticky Tape Inspired by Insect Feet

Beetles can walk upside down on glass thanks to the hairy surface of their feet. Find out how they inspired the development of extremely sticky, adhesive-free tape. More...

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Phys.org
Test Your Knowledge of Biomimicry

Test Your Knowledge of Biomimicry

What do you know about it? Assess yourself, but don’t worry if you get something wrong. The correct answers provide information that may inspire you. More...

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CNN
The History of Velcro

The History of Velcro

A walk outside, a canine companion, and pesky burrs sticking to his clothes and his dog’s fur. From that nature hike in 1948, a Swiss engineer designed Velcro. See how it sticks. More...

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CNBC Africa

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