purple and green coral reefs


Nature is more than the sum of its parts. Explore the connections between individual biological strategies, innovations, or educational resources as leading thinkers, scientists, artists, and others reflect on unifying themes in biomimicry.

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25th Anniversary of “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”

As we discover what nature already knows, we will remember how it feels to be a part of, not apart from, the genius that surrounds us. Janine Benyus, Author and Co-Founder of the Biomimicry Institute

Explore great innovations from the quarter century since the publication of the book that led to the creation of AskNature.

Traditional Polynesian Voyaging Canoe at Sea

Navigating Deeper Into Nature

The Polynesian voyaging canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, recently sailed to Hawaiʻi’s ancestral homeland of Tahiti. Navigator Lehua Kamalu shared these thoughts as the team made final preparations for the journey.

close up photograph of red, white, green and blue crustacean

The Whys and Hows Behind Favorite Wow!s

Some of the most well‑known, awe‑inspiring facts about nature are among the least commonly understood.

Waves crashing and receding in Hawaii

How Does Nature Deal With Stress?

Long before the strain of the COVID pandemic, the writing was on the wall about modern life's impact on mental health. But we're not the first species to face stress. See what we can learn from our neighbors.

rays of the sun emerge over a distant, rocky, snowcapped mountain range

2021 Ray of Hope Prize Finalists

The Ray of Hope Prize celebrates nature‑inspired solutions addressing the world’s biggest environmental and sustainability challenges.

Life‑Friendly Transportation

How might we transport people and goods more effectively?

Resilient Food Systems

Biological strategies could provide inspiration for how to improve our food systems at both minute and systemic scales.

Decreasing polar ice marks the changing climate

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?

Energy in Nature

As our demand for energy increases, so must the innovative and life‑friendly ways we access and use it.

High Performance Materials

Nature shows us how structure and composition can make our materials stronger and lighter.

Collage of images of nature and mathematics overlaying a portrait of a young Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker: A Life Told in Cicada Years

"They begin to Sing or make a noise from the first they come out of Earth … [and] they still continue on Singing till they die." ––Benjamin Banneker, Almanac notes on cicadas

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