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Biomimicry Europa — Biomimicry

Biomimicry Europa — Biomimicry

Biomimicry Institute - Home The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry. Today, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute focuses on three areas: Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, AskNature.org.Hosting our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action! Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board.

Biomimicry Education Network Allison Alberts on biomimicry - sustainable solutions inspired by nature | Human World Biomimicry is design inspired by nature. With 7 billion humans on Earth today – and demand for natural resources growing, while supplies remain fixed – people are looking for innovative ideas to help companies, consumers, and the environment. Scientists are realizing that many ideas for a more sustainable world can come from nature itself. The San Diego Zoo is an international center for biomimicry research. Biomimicry studies nature’s best ideas, and applies them to solving human problems. Lotus leaves inspired a new self-cleaning paint. She gave a simple example, involving the common lotus leaf. The microscopic structure of a lotus leaf allows water droplets to bead up and roll off, washing away even the smallest specks of dirt. Dr. Buildings painted with Lotusan actually clean themselves every time it rains, which eliminates the need for harsh chemicals or detergent. And that is biomimicry. Termite mounds are self-cooling. Dr. Alberts gave another example, involving gecko lizards. Dr.

Eco | Interface | Mind the Gap Angela Belcher | TEDxCaltech Angela Belcher is the W. M. Keck Professor of Energy, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biological Engineering at MIT. Thereafter she became assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Texas, Austin, until joining the MIT faculty in 2002. MATERIALECOLOGY: Neri Oxman EcoSapiens: Smart Solutions for a Living Planet - EcoSapiens blog Neri Oxman Designer Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development and assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems. Oxman coined the term “material ecology” to describe the study and design of products and processes integrating environmentally aware, computational, form-generation processes and digital fabrication. Her goal is to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environments by employing design principles inspired by nature, and implementing them in the invention of novel digital design technologies. Areas of application include product and architectural design, as well as digital fabrication and construction.

L’économie à l'ère de l'écologie Si les animaux, les plantes, ou les insectes pouvaient parler, qu’auraient-ils à nous dire, de quoi nous entretiendraient-ils ? D’économie et de biomimétisme, bien entendu ! C’est ainsi qu’au cours d’une promenade en forêt au détour d’un chemin, l’auteur – ou plutôt le modeste rapporteur – de ce petit ouvrage fort instructif fait une rencontre inopinée : un Cerambix cerdo. © Wildproject Editions Après avoir passé des milliers d’années à vouloir maîtriser la nature, l’asservir même, pour qu’elle réponde à ses besoins, l’homme, croyant bien faire et rêvant à un monde meilleur a “cru devoir éliminer le hasard, ce moteur du vivant”, dit l’insecte. En somme, résume l’auteur de ces pages : “C’est par l’économie que vous sauverez la biodiversité, et c’est grâce à la biodiversité que vous sauverez l’économie”. EMMANUEL DELANNOY, directeur de l’institut INSPIRE, expert des relations entre le vivant et l’économie, a recueilli les paroles de l’insecte. Download as PDF

Great Lakes Biomimicry | Innovation Inspired by Nature 10 Amazing Scientific Advances That Came From Copying Nature It’s not difficult to deduce that airplanes are based on birds — some of the better pilots in the animal kingdom. After 3.8 billion years and a lot of trial and error, animals have become astoundingly good at a variety of tasks (humans still take the cake in the “watching stuff and getting fat category”). As a result, the field of Biomimicry has ballooned in recent years as scientists and companies are discovering new and interesting ways to steal Nature’s intellectual property. Bullet-Proof Skin Image Source Probably since elementary school you’ve heard stories of the magical properties of spider silk. Chimps, the Oldest Pharmacists Image Source Chimpanzees have evolved to seek out therapeutic cures found naturally in their environment. Unfortunately, this only works for chimpanzees, as something delicious to a house cat (like its own vomit) might be toxic (or just disgusting and pointless) for humans to consume. Termites are Amazing Architects Image Source Solar Cells Based on Leaves

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