Mother Nature as Engineer

Mother Nature as Engineer: 9 Design Tricks Borrowed From Biology

For elegance and efficiency in design, Mother Nature takes gold. Compared with our technology, Nature’s solutions are often less wasteful, longer lived, self-maintaining and typically stronger, faster and lighter.

Engineers looking for new ideas have found inspiration in nature’s designs. Biomimicry, or “life imitating,” is a time-honored route to innovation, stretching back at least to the 15th century, when Leonardo DaVinci studied birds to create plans for flying machines.

In celebration of Nature’s clever creativity we’ve collected a sampling of the coolest biomimetic applications and areas of research. more…

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