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Transcript of Biomimicry
The word Biomimicry comes from the Greek words bios(meaning life), and mimesis (meaning to imitate).
Janine M. Benyus founder and Board President of the Biomimicry Institute.
Published a book called
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Architects and engineers started to contact her after she published the book.
Leaf Cutter Ants
by: Courtney Campbell, Danielle Gonzalez,
Francis Morales, and Leobeliz Perdomo
finding sustainable solutions to human problems by studying nature's behaviors and strategies and integrating them into daily life
tested over many years of the Earth's existence by evolving and adapting to nature's changing patterns
It is not as well known as other solutions
Mosquito Inspired Needle
Chimpanzees Find a New Medication
George de Mestral, once observed countless prickly seed burrs on his dog. This experience prompted him to study the burr mechanism under a microscope and he discovered a hook design that he would later develop into fabric to create what we now know as Velcro.
Arnarson, P. (n.d.). Biomimicry. 9-9. Retrieved July 5, 2015, from - http://olafurandri.com/nyti/papers2011/Biomimicry%20-%20P%C3%A9tur%20%C3%96rn%20Arnarson.pdf
Woolley-Barker, T. (2014, March 10). The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming? Retrieved July 7, 2015.
Woolley-Barker, T. (2013, October 2). The Biomimcry Manual: What Can The Nutcracker Teach Us About Farming & Regeneration? Retrieved July 13, 2015.
What Is Biomimicry? - Biomimicry Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved July 5, 2015, from http://biomimicry.org/what-is-biomimicry/
ENERGY. (2014). Retrieved July 6, 2015, from http://biomimicry.net/about/biomimicry/case-examples/energy/
Artist credit: Ben Knight-Gregson, 2011. URL: http://www.asknature.org/strategy/636c06831f239d412 2da877528a 30ca4#section
Michael Phelps and Natalie
Coughlin modeling Fastskin 3 swimsuit, from http://reachforthewall.com/2012/05/31/more-swimsuit-drama-heading-into-london-olympics/
Biomimicry has enabled several fascinating
developments in medicine, accessibility of water,
agriculture, and energy.
Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet, from http://inhabitat.com/finding-design-inspiration-in-nature-biomimicry-for-a-better-planet/
Biomimicry, from http://biomimicry.net/
The invention of Velcro is one of most famous and commercially profitable examples of biomimicry. George de Mestral wa inspired by one of many of nature's time-tested experiments and he applied that particular method to a human problem.
The Stenocara beetle has caught the eye of many researchers recently. The beetle uses its alternatinhydrophobic and hydrophillic bumps to manipulate water into its mouth.
According to Mother Nature Network, "Researchers at MIT... have crafted a material that collects water from air more efficiently that existing designs" (Mother Nature Network, 2010).
Although ideas inspired by this beetle still need to be developed further, this particular application of biomimicry is one of the many that will lead the human race to a more sustainable future.