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Biomimicry in a Nutshell
Biomimicry Institute

“The transfer of technology between lifeforms and synthetic constructs is desirable because evolutionary pressure typically forces natural systems to become highly optimized and efficient. A classical example is the development of dirt- and water-repellent paint (coating) from the observation that the surface of the lotus flower plant is practically unsticky for anything (the lotus effect). Examples of bionics in engineering include the hulls of boats imitating the thick skin of dolphins; sonar, radar, and medical ultrasound imaging imitating the echolocation of bats; and the arch imitating the spinal column.”
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The Nature of Things with David Suzuki – Biomimicry

UC Berkeley Webcast – Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Janine Benyus: 12 sustainable design ideas from nature:

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