How Biomimicry is Inspiring Human Innovation

This article provides an overview of biomimicry with numerous examples:

  • Mark Miles, the Morpho butterfly and Qualcomm's Mirasol display
  • Georges de Mestral, burrs and Velcro
  • Claus Mattheck, growth of load-bearing structures and the SKO (soft kill option) design method
  • Jay Harman, spirals in nature and the PAX Streamlining Principle
  • the camel's nose and a saltwater-irrigated greenhouse in Qatar
  • the banyan tree/harvester ants and water management in Lavasa
  • Jaime Grunlan, lobster/shrimp shells and a fire-proofing polymer coating
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, birdwing butterflies and more efficient solar technologies
  • Simon Fraser University, butterfly scales and an anti-counterfeiting stamp (NOtES)
  • Omni-ID, butterfly scales and more reliable RFID tags
  • the Morpho butterfly and Morphotex fabrics

Thanks to Cindy Gilbert for the pointer!


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