What do wind turbines, glue, and concrete have in common?
Each of them serves an important function in our modern life and all are being improved, and made more environmentally friendly, using biomimicry. As the name implies, the core concept here is to mimic life.
Want the more official definition?
“Biomimicry is the science of applying nature-inspired designs in human engineering and invention to solve human problems,” according to the online Biology Dictionary.
A great place to learn more about the science of it all, and what it has to do with climate change is this page from the Biomimicry Institute.
Want to know more about the possibilities and how innovators are turning to nature to solve thorny problems human society has created? Here is the Biomimicry Institute’s list of the Best 50 Examples. Think improved wind turbines that imitate humpback whale fins, a non-toxic underwater adhesive inspired by mussels, and concrete containing bacteria that can spontaneously repair cracks.
The 50 examples range from materials used in manufacturing to innovative new shoe designs. The explanations for each are simple and captivating. You’re sure to find ideas that will pique your interest and increase your hope for our collective future.
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