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Applications from Nature

In this Biomimetics list, we start with the application, then tell you what organism inspired it.

Animal Superheroes

Here are some animals, some common and some little-known, whose abilities astonish scientists.

Creatures Worth Knowing and Imitating

Studies of animals and cells reveal designs in nature we can appreciate and imitate.

Scientific Progress Needs Design, Not Darwin

Numerous papers advancing scientific knowledge rely on design principles, not evolutionary notions.

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

The gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature's designs.

Sunday Inspiration

Need inspiration? Look at designs in nature. Even secular scientists are getting inspired.

Learn How to Operate Your Body

You have built-in machinery and software that's beyond your awareness. Here are ways to enlist your equipment for better health.

Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration

It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.

Robots Imitate Life

The goal of robotics is to imitate what humans and animals make look easy.

Animal Physics: Shocking but True

Geckos cling with electricity, and electric fish have shocking genes – just samples of recent reports about how animals master laws of physics.

Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko

Bio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.

Biomimetics Quiz

Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features.

What Do a Toucan, an Oyster and a Spider Have in Common? Bio-Engineers' Drool

If we want to build more robust, lightweight materials, two researchers say, look to nature.

Your Senses Awe Scientists

The ear, the eye, the nose, and the mind itself continue to display wondrous capabilities.

Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs

Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.
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