protect from floods
Nature’s refined solutions, mapped to your design challenges.
Sucker attaches to uneven surfacesSharksuckers Or Remoras
Sucker of remora grips uneven surfaces with a combination of suction and friction
Cytoplasm seeks most efficient routesslime mold
Cytoplasm of slime molds creates efficient connective networks using adaptive foraging strategies.
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.
Polar Thermos CozyKatie Goldstone
Heat trapping system for thermoses
Pomelo peel bioinspired foamTexas A&M University
Non-uniform pore distribution improves impact resistance.
Calera MAP cement-making processCalera
Mineralization via Aqueous Precipitation (MAP) process sequesters CO2
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Everything you need to learn and teach about biomimicry and life centered design.
Implementing Biomimicry and Sustainable Design with an Emphasis on the Application of Ecological PrinciplesVanderbilt University
In this collection of lessons high school students study ecological relationships in the Sonoran Desert, examine species adaptations, and then apply what they have learned in a design challenge.
Biomimicry: Turning to nature for technological solutionsCBS Sunday Morning
This 6 minute video features interviews with Janine Benyus, Jeff Karp, and Alexis Noel discussing what we can learn from frog saliva, porcupine quills, and more.
Superhydrophobicity – The Lotus EffectUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Students learn how plants create and use superhydrophobic surfaces in nature and how engineers have created human-made products that mimic these properties.
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Themed clusters of strategies, ideas, and resources, curated by you.
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”
Repel microbes from surfaces
How might we keep surfaces clean and free from contamination?
High performance materials
Nature shows us how structure and composition can make our materials stronger and lighter
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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.”