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Biomimicry: Beaks on trains and flipper-like turbines
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10/28/2011 10:38 AM
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Since the dawn of time, nature has been working hard, engineering everyone and everything to the highest standards on Earth.
Dragonflies that can propel themselves in any direction, sharks with skin with tiny scales that help them swim faster, termites able to build dens that always keep a steady and comfortable temperature inside - those examples are just a drop in the ocean of amazing nature-designed solutions.
But it wasn't until the late 20th Century, that many firms really started to devote time, money and often an entire team of designers, specifically charged with looking at biological solutions to technological hurdles they came across.
"It is important to look at nature - after all, it has had 3.8 billion years to come up with ideas," says Janine Benyus, a natural history writer who coined the term "biomimicry" in 1998. SNIP..
"There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city," says Ms Benyus.
Businesses are usually interested in the first two categories, she adds - SNIP..
"I'm sure all of the answers to what we are wanting to solve exist in some form or another, in nature," says Ms. Welch.
"Inherently, nature provides balanced, symbiotic solutions.
"Human beings have demonstrated a terrible track record of maintaining environmental balance in trying to solve 'problems'.
"So copying nature may just be the way to go."
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