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Biomimicry: 7 Clever Technologies Inspired by Nature

  • Biomimicry

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    CREDIT: University of Southhampton. Advanced Optics ... on Butterfly Wings
    The full grown morpho rhetenor butterfly, a native to South America.
  • Sleek shark skin

    great white shark cruising for prey
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    CREDIT: Neil Hammerschlag Great White Shark
    Scientists have never witnessed the mating behavior of great white sharks, such as this one cruising the waters for prey.
  • Flesh-grabbing worms

    microneedle adhesive
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    CREDIT: Image courtesy of Karp lab. Parasitic Worm Inspires Surgical Technique
    This is an artistic rendition of the spiny-headed worm, Pomphorhynchus laevis.
  • The invention of Velcro

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    CREDIT: Stocksnapper | Shutterstock Velcro
    Velcro
  • The sheen of butterfly wings

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    CREDIT: University of Southhampton. Advanced Optics ... on Butterfly Wings
    The full grown morpho rhetenor butterfly, a native to South America.
  • Thirsty beetles

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    CREDIT: Andrew Parker via MIT New Material Collects Water From Thin Air
    The Namib Desert beetle photographed by University of Oxford researcher Andrew Parker, whose team first worked out in 2001 how the beetle captures water from the air.
  • A gecko's grip

    biomimicry, animal-inspired technology
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    CREDIT: Kellar Autumn, Lewis & Clark College Gecko feet
    Geckos use nanoscale structures on their feet to accomplish gravity-defying feats like hanging upside down from polished glass.
  • Strong as spider silk

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    Mysterious Step in Spider Silk-Making Revealed

Taking inspiration from nature to solve human problems is the idea behind "biomimicry," or "biomimetics." Over time, evolution has led to some incredible developments, from the photosynthetic machinery in plants to the human eye. Taking a leaf out of nature's book, scientists have developed technologies that seek to mimic some of life's unique innovations.

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