Learning From Leaves
How can we best harness the power of the sun? What can we learn from fungus?
Scientist and industrial designers are looking at nature for answers to complex issues. The earth has been around far longer than humans, adapting efficient and intricate proceses to solve large problems. From leaves to ants, we are taking aspects of nature's creations and using them to better ours, as opposed to exploiting them to fit human design. This overlap between design and biology is referred to as biomimicry.
This article outlines six of the most innovative ways scientists are utilizing natural design, including: 3-D printing of compost-able materials, emulating sea coral by combining power plant emissions and sea water, the creation of bacteria resistant surfaces from shark skin, and network security based on bees.
If we want to live on a sustainable planet, bio-design is a vital step in our industrial future.
As a celebration of Earth Day (April 20th) this month, 40 + Evolver Spores will look at how nature’s design solutions can be used to create a truly regenerative planetary culture.
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