protect from floods
Nature’s refined solutions, mapped to your design challenges.
Surface of wing kills bacteriaclanger cicada
Nanopillars on surface of wing of the clanger cicada kill bacteria by expanding surface area to the point of stretching and ripping.
Structure distributes stressScots Pine
Trunks and branches of trees withstand external stresses through load-adaptive growth.
Web directs continuous water collectioncribellate spiders
The web of spiders that produce cribellate silk directs continuous water collection due to varied roughness and shape.
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Design solutions to human challenges, inspired by biological strategies.
Swarm Logic® technology reduces energy useEncycle
Swarm Logic® is an IoT-enabled energy efficiency technology that integrates with your building controls to dramatically and instantly reduce your electric costs.
Thermally-tintable glass, Thermally dynamic walls
CAO and SKO design softwareDepartment of Biomechanics at the Institute for Materials Research II of the Karlsruhe Research Centre
Lightweighting software reduces resource use, saves energy
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Everything you need to learn and teach about biomimicry and life centered design.
A Real DragSlate
Mercedes-Benz modeled a car on the boxfish. Only it completely misunderstood the boxfish. This article explores how new research reshaped our understanding of the “boxfish swimming paradox.”
Listening to NatureJoseph Cornell and John Hendrickson
This book for educators and parents contains photos of nature, inspirational poetry, and exercises for reconnecting with nature.
Living in a Material WorldNational Geographic
This 4-min video shows how the MIT Self-Assembly Lab is creating materials that can adapt to changing conditions and self-assemble, similar to nature's materials.
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Themed clusters of strategies, ideas, and resources, curated by you.
Nature’s joining technologies
What can humans learn from nature to join and separate complex materials cleanly and efficiently?
How might we transport people and goods more effectively?
30 Animals That Made Us Smarter
A collection to complement the animals and innovations featured on the new BBC Podcast “30 Animals that Made Us Smarter”
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Photosynthesis converts solar energy into chemical energyplants
Photosynthesis in plants converts solar energy into chemical energy using electrons and protons from water.
Pupil enables clear vision in extreme light conditionsTokay Gecko, ,
The pupil of nocturnal geckos enables clear vision in extreme light conditions by becoming very large at night and constricting to a thin slit with several pinholes during the day.
Hairy legs manipulate sticky web strandsSpinybacked orbweaver, Golden Silk Orbweaver
Leg hairs of orb-weaver spiders enable sticky web manipulation by reducing contact area.
From permaculture to Velcro® to winglets, humans have been looking to nature for inspiration for as long as we’ve been inventing. Inspired Ideas catalog the stories behind realized and conceptual product, service, and system components that have their roots in biology …
The Land Institute permacultureThe Land Institute
Perennial grain cropping mimics natural ecosystem behavior.
Concentrated solar plantMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Optimal arrangement of solar array mirrors based on Fibonacci spirals.
Anti-icing coating prevents frost and ice buildupRykaczewski Research Group, Arizona State University
Coating infused with antifreeze reduces frost and ice accumulation
Interest in biomimicry has skyrocketed over the past decade, and there are now thousands of Resources—including books, articles, videos, lesson plans, groups, training programs, and more—available to folks who want to learn, teach, and practice this valuable problem solving approach. Get started with a few of our favorites here …
Sharing Biomimicry with Young PeopleBiomimicry Institute
An orientation to biomimicry for K-12 teachers and others who work with youth.
The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.Vox and 99% Invisible
This 6 minute video introduces biomimicry, the application of biomimicry at different scales, and connections to the circular economy.
Biomimicry Basics: How to Innovate Using Nature’s StrategiesDenise DeLuca
In this 4-hour online course you will learn a step by step method for turning nature's strategies into innovative design solutions using the biomimicry design spiral.
Collections tie together Biological Strategies, Inspired Ideas, and Resources into themes that are often correlated with a particular human challenge, geographic area, or set of environmental conditions. Check out a few of our favorites and then start your own …
Chemistry of Nature
How can we learn from nature to create materials without using life-threatening chemicals and high temperatures?
Solving for a changing climate
The science is clear, and so is our imperative. What can we learn from nature as we design solutions for mitigating, adapting to, and reversing climate change?
Cooling Down In The Heat
From sweating, to panting, to pulling water from air, living systems rely on a number of forms and processes to stay cool and hydrated.
“Nature is constantly innovating, endlessly experimenting and ever reinventing itself in the face of new challenges.
From materials and products to business models, biomimicry offers a fresh lens for all the dreamers and doers remaking the man-made world.”