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A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio. Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic texture that could improve a variety of products. For example, the researchers were able to clean up to 85 percent of dust off a coated plastic surface that mimicked the texture of a butterfly wing, compared to only 70 percent off a flat surface. In a recent issue of the journal Soft Matter , the Ohio State University engineers report that the textures enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty - characteristics that could be mimicked in high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment.
We are the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development. Our mission is to train, equip, and connect engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators to sustainably emulate nature's 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies. Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth.
© Ohio State University We love biomimicry news. There is something satisfying about the natural world telling us how to make our technology better, rather than the often-assumed other way around. This year seems to have given us a bumper crop of news stories about biomimicry innovations and we have selected some of the most interesting robots, materials, structures and strategies to highlight here. 1. Super-Slippery Material for Bottles and Pipes Mimicked After Carnivorous Plant Leaves Biomimicry is everywhere, but let's start in the plant world where recently scientists used the slick leaves of a carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plant as the inspiration behind a new material that can coat items to keep the contents from sticking to them.
Our mission is to be the worldwide resource and model for naturally inspired technology transfer and commercial development. Our techniques are based on observing and understanding adaptations and systems found in nature. Through technology transfer—taking new and existing ideas and applying them in new ways—we connect nature’s designs with innovative human processes for the sustainable advancement of people, wildlife, and habitats. Thank you for visiting.
In one sense, education is passing the important lessons learned by one generation on to the next. At the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, we believe biomimicry is one of those important lessons, and nature is a great teacher. Not only does biomimicry present a new framework for environmental education, it’s a great way to get young people excited about STEM subjects and boost creative problem-solving skills. Our Youth Education programs help educators, in both formal and informal environments, bring this powerful discipline to their students. Biomimicry offers youth educators: