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  • Video Collection: AskNAture- Biological Strategies of bats
    This AskNature video collection focuses on the biological strategies and other qualities bats have developed such as wing flexibility, biosonar, saliva compounds, internal magnetic compass and more. Learn more bats and the innovations they inspire in this video resource. https://asknature.org/?s=bats&page=1&is_v=1
  • Video Collection: AskNAture- Biological Strategies of Butterflies and Moths
    This AskNature video collection focuses on the biological strategies and other qualities butterflies have developed such as multifunctional wing scales, cocoon building, flight patterns, thermoregulation, and more. Learn more about butterflies and moths and the innovations they inspire in this video resource. https://asknature.org/?s=butterflies&page=3&is_v=1
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - BioNurse
    A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has created a new way to not only help new seedlings grow, but restore degraded soils back to health. The BioNurse returns vitality to the soil by improving conditions for seedlings and exposing them to a mix of nutrients, microbiology and hygroscopic components. It is fabricated with natural fibers and biodegrades after one season. The plants growing from it will be capable of reproducing the same conditions in a natural way and, after two or three seasons, the soil will be productive again. For the BioNurse, the team was inspired by the way that hardy “nurse” plants establish themselves in degraded soils and pave the way for new plant species to grow. With 25% of the world’s soils degraded, this innovation provides a way to grow and protect new plants and ensure that the soil can be regenerated to feed our growing population. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgjRAZusTaY
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - HIPS
    This team from South Africa has designed a peer-to-peer networking app called HIPS whose algorithm mimics the way that large collectives in nature, such as a flock of birds or a school of fish, function. The goal is to enable small scale intensive food production systems by providing a dynamically-distributed, peer-to-peer tool to help manage and coordinate their efforts. First, the app will enable food producers to connect with other producers (permaculture, organic, biodynamic – urban or rural) to create a local swarm in which resources can be shared and local exchanges and transactions are conducted. Next, the app connects local swarms with each other to create a regional swarm and establish a produce hub. Finally, it records surplus produce for sale and, once sold, enables coordination with other swarms and members to facilitate distribution logistics. This software facilitates and optimises logistics, provides a medium for fair exchange of value, and provides incentives to food producers to employ best practices in a resilient, distributed value network comprised of collectives of autonomous food producers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuzytvdvrM&list=PLRmMq_ZoYztxwYN6KSu2tSHvJ0MdntBzF&index=4
  • Article and Video: Hummingbird wrist joints rotate to maintain hover
    The hummingbird (Apodiformes) is able to drink the nectar of flowers while steadily hovering in mid air by flapping its wings over 80 times per second.   Hummingbirds are able to achieve this amazing feat by moving the air around their wings more efficiently than other birds. Find out more in this feature and video. https://asknature.org/strategy/hummingbird-wrist-joints-rotate-to-maintain-hover/
  • Article: Butterfly Wings May Improve Airplane Wings
    With a flap of its wings, the butterfly is causing a flurry in the science world.  Through a science called biomimicry, researchers are learning how butterfly wings could improve the design and manufacture of several commercial products.Mechanical engineers are mimicking nature to shorten your next flight. https://www.insidescience.org/video/butterfly-wings-may-improve-airplane-wings
  • Article: Nanotechnology materials inspired by nature
    The remarkable properties of some natural materials have motivated many researchers to synthesize biomimetic nanocomposites and other nanostructured materials that attempt to reproduce Nature’s achievements. Nanotechnology researchers involved in improving man-made composite materials are trying to understand how some of the amazing high-performance materials found in Nature can be copied or even improved upon.
  • Article: Nature-Inspired Design- 10 Examples of Biomimicry
    Have you ever looked at a man-made structure that reminded you of something found in nature? If so, that probably wasn’t by accident, but by design. Biomimicry is an innovative approach to design that not only looks to mimic nature but also to build structures that are sustainable based on the best that our planet has to offer. Here are just ten glorious examples of biomimicry from around the globe.
  • Article: Potential 3D printing materials inspired by nature: Chitin, Graphene, Glass and Cellulose
    Potential 3D printing materials inspired by nature
  • Article: The best of biomimicry: Here’s 7 brilliant examples of nature-inspired design
    Sometimes the best solution to a problem isn’t alway the most complex, and, similarly, the best answer isn’t always a new one one. While us humans may just be getting our feet wet (relatively speaking) with ingenuity, the animal kingdom has millennia of evolutionary trial-and-error to learn from...
  • Article: The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?
    3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don’t take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it. Maybe our society friends the paper wasps have an opinion: let’s check in with them in this entry of The Biomimicry Manual. https://inhabitat.com/the-biomimicry-manual-what-can-paper-wasps-teach-us-about-3d-printing/
  • Article: The Biomimicry Manual: What can the honeybee teach a designer?
    What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, “Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.” Maybe we’ve been studying the wrong master, trying to make a living on this planet in ways that will ultimately deplete us all. That’s certainly the case with humans and honeybees. Yes, humans love honey, and the busy hum of bees in the garden is a sound that gives us peace on a warm day. But we have much more to learn from them. Find out the lessons they have to teach in this entry of The Biomimicry Manual! https://inhabitat.com/the-biomimicry-manual-what-can-the-honeybee-teach-designers-about-insulation-elasticity-and-flight/
  • Ask Nature: Biomimicry Lesson Resource
    Check out this Biomimicry resource by Ask Nature, a digital platform that connects innovators with the knowledge, ideas, and people that will enable them to imagine and develop circular and resilient solutions to society’s greatest challenges.
  • Resource: Biomimicry design: Great examples
    How can woodpeckers help us to improve sports helmets?
  • Resource: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
    The science is clear and so is our imperative. To reverse course, we need a new generation of innovators who know how to create human materials, products, and systems that are regenerative, circular, and generous to all species. Are you ready to learn how to design generously through the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge? Our challenge is this: Create a nature-inspired innovation (a product, service, or system) that aligns with one or more Sustainable Development Goals, outlined by the United Nations. https://challenge.biomimicry.org/en/challenge/global-design-challenge-2020
  • Resource: Lightweighting principles inspired by nature
    During her Synapse webinar, Lightweighting Models Beyond Bones, Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder and author Janine Benyus reviewed a set of twelve lightweighting principles inspired by the natural world. Now, we’ve turned that into an infographic as a quick and easy reference to how nature uses materials efficiently and creatively without compromising functionality.
  • Slide Show: Nature inspired architecture and cities: Futurist Architect Vincent Callebaut
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  • Video Collection: AskNAture- Biological Strategies of Pollen
    This AskNature video collection focuses on the biological strategies and other qualities pollinating plants have developed such as dispersal methods, ultraviolet roadmaps, water conservation, internal mutualistic relationships and more. Learn more pollinating plants and the innovations they inspire in this video resource. https://asknature.org/?s=pollen&page=4&is_v=1
  • Video Collection: AskNAture- Biological Strategies of Wasps
    This AskNature video collection focuses on the biological strategies and other qualities wasps have developed such as nest building, incubating young, camouflage, and more. Learn more about the wasp and the innovations it inspires in this video resource. https://asknature.org/?s=wasps&page=1&is_v=1
  • Video: How do paper wasps upcycle? – AskNature Nuggets
    If you check under the eaves of your home or garage, you might notice that paper wasps have been busy building nests. Through wind, rain, and snow, those nests provide a sturdy and waterproof home for wasp colonies. But how are they made at from what materials? Sherry Ritter, one of our favorite biologists at the design table, explains. https://vimeo.com/70011362
  • Video: Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2015 - Jube
    Edible insects may be one of the answers to our global food crisis. They are high in protein and rich in essential micronutrients, such as iron and zinc. They also don’t need as much space as livestock, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases, and have an extremely high feed conversion rate. The BioX team from Thailand developed Jube, a bio-inspired chamber for capturing edible insects, the food of the future. After studying a range of carnivorous plants, the team decided to base their design on the Genlisea violacea “lobster-pot trap.” This is a Y-shaped modified leaf chamber that is easy to enter, but not to exit due to its inward-pointing hair, which force the prey to move in a particular direction. To use Jube, the user puts insect food into the bottom part of the device to lure the insects. Once the insects follow the odor and step into Jube, they can’t turn back. This device promotes a more sustainable way to incorporate protein and nutrients into the world’s diet by offering an insect-capturing device that is unique and beautifully crafted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglRLGPVoVA&list=PLRmMq_ZoYztxwYN6KSu2tSHvJ0MdntBzF&index=5
  • Video: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone| TED
    "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. https://www.ted.com/talks/regina_dugan_from_mach_20_glider_to_hummingbird_drone?language=eo#t-998234
  • Video: Michael Pawlyn on Using nature's genius in architecture|TED
    How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZp6smeSQA
  • Video: Nature-inspired materials
    AsianScientist (May 17, 2016) – When it comes to developing the right material for the right job, Nature has had a several million year head start. In the past two decades, materials scientists have been at the forefront of efforts to replicate the fascinating structures inspired by the natural world, breaking new ground in a rich area of study called biomimicry.
  • Video: What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? | Deep Look
    What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale. Learn more about these butterflies in this Deep Look video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Ts7CsJDpg&list=PLdKlciEDdCQA1MVDuyxZPVloYV3wpunMO&index=5&t=0s
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