Science look to nature for innovation, via BBC News:
San Diego Zoo in California has opened a Centre for Bioinspiration, which aims to take ideas from nature to see if they can be applied to solve human issues.
The concept is known as biomimicry.
Examples of biomimicry, from Xconomy:
—Mirasol display technology…generates colors…by mimicking the interference of reflected light by microscopic scales on the iridescent surface of the morpho butterfly’s wings.
—San Diego’s Biomatrica has developed DNA and RNA preservation technology based on anhydrobiosis, a dehydration process that occurs in nature with brine shrimp and other organisms.
Fascinating stuff. More examples can be found at San Diego Zoo’s – Biomimicry in Action.
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