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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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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 Scientist, Naturalist, Astronomer

The human instinct to observe and learn from nature is itself part of the working of nature. What can we learn from an expert in the practice?

in a view from space, rivers weave through mangrove forests to the coast in the Sundarbans region of India

What Guidance Does Nature Have for COP26?

The goals are ambitious and the negotiations are delicate, but even at the highest levels of COP26, nature offers us models to learn from.

Leaf veins

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.

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.

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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