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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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How Does Nature
Sustain Communities?

The dance between collaboration and competition is a continually unfolding process.  Alison Hawthorne Deming

Today’s challenges in public health and social equity have humans feeling disconnected––from nature and each other. Poet and naturalist Alison Hawthorne Deming explores bio‑inspired approaches to reconnect with both.

Dried petals covered in frost

What Can We Learn From How Nature Spends Winter?

Life's adaptations to the cold and dark part of the year demonstrate how time and patience, in the end, teach us how to survive.

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Janine Benyus on Ask Nature

From the earliest days of the Biomimicry Institute's history, it was clear that a tool was needed to serve as a translator of biological knowledge into the language of human design. In 2006, Ask Nature was born. To mark the launch of a redesigned site and expanded content offerings, Co‑founder of the Institute Janine Benyus joins Chief Editor Andrew Howley in conversation.

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How Does Nature Teach and Learn?

Education isn't just about memorization, but practicing into mastery. Looking to other species, we see that long‑term success is all about incorporating new knowledge into your very being.

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.

Keeping Clean

While nature presents many ways to get dirty, it also offers a variety of solutions for staying clean.

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.

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