Nature is ripe with practical inspiration. Whether you're designing a home or finding new ways to map the cosmos, AskNature’s innovation database makes it easy to explore a variety of products and design solutions inspired by the natural world.

Featured Innovations

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Mechanical Sniffer Inspired by Canines

National Institute of Standards and Technology

The ventilation system from the National Institute of Standards and Technology fits onto commercial detectors and both inspires and expires air to improve sampling flow dynamics.

Low-Noise Fan Inspired by Owl Wings


FE2owlet from Ziehl-Abegg is an efficient, low-noise fan that has winglets and serrated edges to reduce noise and save energy.

A Better Sewage Treatment System, Inspired by Cow Stomachs


A system with no moving parts turns sewage into clean water.

Compostable Packaging Materials Made From Mushrooms

Ecovative Design

Mushroom Packaging from Ecovative Design uses mycelium to create a compostable, thermally insulating packaging.


Green Chemistry

Chemistry is always happening around us and within us. Learn how these natural processes inform more sustainable, less toxic solutions.



UN Sustainable Development Goal:

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. 



Materials make up everything around us, from our bones to our buildings. Discover everything from self-repairing concrete to bacteria-resistant surfaces.



Discover the amazing creatures that inspired researchers to make more efficient telescopes and create new algorithms for mapping the cosmic web.

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