Furry bracts serve as insulationlobelia
The bracts of Lobelia telekii protect its flowers from wind and cold via long, hair-like shape.
Crystals draw sunlight into plantwindow plants
The pillar-like leaves of window plants enhance photosynthesis by filtering sunlight down a series of translucent crystals of oxalic acid.
Dense covering protects from coldsnow lotus
Flowers of snow lotus plants protect from the cold via thick, furry insulation.
Mound passively heats/coolscompass termite
Mounds of compass termites provide heating and cooling at appropriate times of day thanks to orientation with respect to the sun.
Cone scales are humidity-sensitivepine
The scales of pine cones flex passively in response to changes in moisture levels via a two-layered structure.
Skin protects from dehydrationfile snake
The skin of file snakes protects from dehydration because it is hygroscopic, absorbing moisture from the air.
Fastskinz MPG-Plus car coveringFastSkinz
Shark-inspired "skin" for cars improves gas mileage