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How we can innovate like nature

Innovation has been going on for 4 billion years, so we’d be crazy not to take inspiration from the ultimate testbed - Earth. This is biomimicry, and in this course we’ll explore what that means, how it’s being applied, and what the possibilities are. When it comes to problems in design, medicine, engineering and everything in between, nature so often has the answers. We just need to ask.

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An overview of biomimicry. What’s it all about? Why learn from nature anyway?


What are the most successful strategies to abstract means of problem-solving from nature?


What can we learn from the structure and properties of nature’s materials?


As one of the most energy and resource expensive areas of business, manufacturing has a lot to learn from nature. Here are some ways it’s already helping.


WWIII will be fought over water? Not if biomimicry can help it. Here are some clever ways that nature gets water from unexpected sources.


The natural world is a very efficient user of energy. What techniques can we adopt to help us improve the way in which we use energy and reduce our overall consumption.


In the search for more efficient ways of moving air and water around there are many clues that mother nature offers.


Yes, nature has something to add to even the most modern areas of technology. Here are some ways biomimicry is advancing data and computing.


Biomimicry is a field that’s about to explode. What are the current opportunities, constraints, debates and possibilities? Here are some answers.

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