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Biomimicry

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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Chapters

AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOMIMICRY

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

ANOTHER APPROACH TO INNOVATION

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

MEDICINE

Many of the challenges posed by modern medicine have their solutions in studying the way nature solves them.

MATERIALS

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

MANUFACTURING

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.

WATER

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

ENERGY

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.

FLUID DYNAMICS

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

FASHION AND TEXTILES

How biomimicry has influenced fabrics, fashion, and the making of clothes.

DATA AND COMPUTING

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

TOMORROW'S WORLD

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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