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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How Does Nature
Teach and Learn?

The best education isn’t just transfer of knowledge––it's training in mastery.  Karuna Skariah, Educator

As another pandemic‑era school year begins, teachers and students alike can adapt to new challenges by looking to nature's ways.

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.

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. 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.

a herd of elephants walk away from a watering hole

How Does Nature Sustain Communities?

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

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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