protect from floods
Nature’s refined solutions, mapped to your design challenges.
Trees absorb water from clouds
Trees in tropical montane cloud forests cope with the dry season using leaves that absorb water from clouds.
Modified whiskers handle foodFlorida manatee
Modified whiskers of the Florida manatee capture and handle food with the help of finely controlled lips.
Ants may increase carbon dioxide drawdown, Red Harvester Ant,
Ants may increase carbon dioxide drawdown by enhancing mineral weathering in the soil.
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Design solutions to human challenges, inspired by biological strategies.
Solar Water Still and PumpDesign from Stephen J. Salter, PEng
Solar pump purifies water
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
Surgical glue adheres wet and sensitive tissuesGecko Biomedical
Quick-setting surgical glue seals internal wounds in wet and sensitive tissues.
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Everything you need to learn and teach about biomimicry and life centered design.
How Natural Areas Filter WaterTNC Nature Works Everywhere
In this lesson with an introductory video, students learn the value of clean freshwater and the natural processes that ensure an adequate supply of usable freshwater.
How Biomimicry Can Save the PlanetThe Big Picture RT
A 9-minute interview with Janine Benyus gives examples of biomimetic designs that address climate change while scattering in some important lessons from nature.
Powers of Ten: Blue Morpho ButterflyNational Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a frequently referenced example of structural color. This lesson plan explores the structure and possible biomimetic applications.
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Themed clusters of strategies, ideas, and resources, curated by you.
How might we transport people and goods more effectively?
New to biomimicry? Below is a selection of our favorite biomimicry resources to help you get acquainted with this diverse and growing field.
FIRST LEGO League – Animal Allies
A collection of resources and inspiring strategies for teams working on the 2016-17 Animal Allies challenge.
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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.”