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1 Biomimicry And the effect it has on todays living

2 Stems from the Greek words ‘bios’, meaning life and ‘mimesis’, meaning to imitate Is the study of nature’s designs and mimicking them to solve human challenges Operates on the principle that nature has already found solutions to many of the problems we are trying to solve Provides a wealth of inspiration for those solving problems

3 Janine Benyus One of biomimicrys pioneers defines biomimicry as, ‘innovation inspired by nature.’ 1997 she solidified the science of biomimicry

4 Differences Not based on what we can extract from organisms and their ecosystems Based on what we can learn from them Instead of harvesting from organism, biomimics consult organism Biomimics are inspired by an idea Borrowing the idea is like copying the original

5 Two approaches Biology-to-design Nature inspired design Design-to-biology Design inspired by nature

6 Biology-to-design a biological phenomenon that suggests a new way to solve a human design challenge. Wilhelm Barthlott of the Nees-Institute, University of Bonn studied how leaves such as the lotus manage to remain free of contaminants without the use of detergents. His papers described how a landscape of small bumps and waxy crystals cause water to ball up Dirt particles balance on the nano-mountains and are easily picked up by water replicated the geometric profiles of the lotus into commercial products such as a building façade paint that exhibits a nano-rough surface when it dries. Rainwater cleans the building. Today, dozens of self-cleaning products such as glass, roofing tiles, and textiles bear the Lotus-effect symbol

7 Design to biology Innovators begin with a human design challenge, identifies the core function, and then reviews how various organisms or ecosystems are achieving that function Peter Steinberg of the University of New South Wales used a characteristic biomimicry approach as a new way to reduce microbial growth without causing antibiotic resistance Identified an environment that was teeming with microbes Searched for organisms within that environment that had no biofilm on their surfaces Found a "champion adapter" Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a red sea kelp, which remains free of microbes by releasing furanones molecules When bacteria are "jammed" by furanone, they are unable to receive a quorum of signals from other bacteria, and without positive "quorum sensing" they don't begin biofilm formation

8 Levels of biomimicry Inventions based on a biomimicry approach operate on three levels. Not necessarily reaching all three levels

9 1 st level is the mimicking of natural form. For instance, you may mimic the hooks and barbules in an owl's feather to create a fabric that opens anywhere along its surface Imitation of the frayed edges that grant the owl its silent flight

10 2 nd level The mimicking of natural process, or how it is made The owl feather self-assembles at body temperature without toxins or high pressures, by way of nature's chemistry. The unfolding field of green chemistry attempts to mimic these benign recipes

11 3 rd level Is the mimicking of natural ecosystems The owl feather is gracefully nested---it's part of an owl that is part of a forest that is part of a biome that is part of a sustaining biosphere In the same way, our owl-inspired fabric must be part of a larger economy that works to restore rather than deplete the earth and its people If you make a bioinspired fabric using green chemistry, but you have workers weaving it in a sweatshop, loading it onto pollution-spewing trucks, and shipping it long distances, you've missed the point.

12 15 coolest cases

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14 1. Velcro Invented in 1941 from the idea from the burrs stucking tenaciously to dog's hair

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16 2. passive cooling The high-rise Eastgate Centre buildingin Harare, Zimbabwe was designed to mimic the way that those tower-building termites in Africa construct their mounds to maintain a constant temperature

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19 3. Gecko Tape Ever wanted to walk up walls or across ceilings? Gecko Tape may be the way to do it. The tape is a material covered with nanoscopic hairs that mimic those found on the feet of gecko lizards.

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22 4. WhalePower wind turbine Inspired by the flippers humpback whales use to enable their surprising agility in the water, WhalePower has developed turbine blades with bumps called tubercles on the leading edge that promise greater efficiency in applications from wind turbines to hydroelectric turbines, irrigation pumps to ventilation fans

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25 5. Lotus Effect Hydrophobia They call it "superhydrophobicity," but it's really a biomimetic application of what is known as the Lotus effect

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28 6. Self-Healing Plastics The new composite materials being developed are called self-healing plastics. They are made from hollow fibers filled with epoxy resin that is released if the fibers suffer serious stresses and cracks. This creates a 'scab' nearly as strong as the original material. Such self- healing materials could be used to make planes, cars and even spacecraft that will be lighter, more fuel efficient, and safer.

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31 7. The Golden Streamlining Principle Development of air and fluid movement technologies based on beautiful and recurring natural designs as the Fibonacci sequence, logarithmic spirals and the Golden Ratio These shapes align with the observation that the path of least resistance in this universe isn't a straight line. Put all this together and you get the "Streamlining Principle," being applied to fans, mixers and such that move air and liquids around in systems Such fans on motors, compressors and pumps of all sizes and in all applications could save at least 15% of all the electricity consumed in the US

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33 8. Artificial Photosynthesis is envisioned as a means of using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for use as a clean fuel for vehicles as well as a way to use excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere The process could make hydrogen fuel cells an efficient, self-recharging and less expensive way to create and store energy applicable in home and industrial systems

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35 9. Bionic Car DaimlerChrysler has developed a new concept car from Mercedes-Benz based on the shape of an odd tropical fish- the Bionic Car Using the shape of the tropical boxfish, designers achieved an aerodynamic ideal that boasts 20% less fuel consumption and as much as an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions Gets 70 miles per gallon, and can run just fine on biodiesel fuel

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38 10. Morphing Aircraft Wings Morphing Airplane Wings change shape depending on the speed and duration of flight Different birds have differently shaped wings useful for the speeds at which they fly, as well as for sustaining flight speeds over long distances using the least amount of energy

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40 11. Friction-Reducing Sharkskin One of the best ways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels is to achieve more efficient use of the energy we do consume Inspired by the ability of shark’s skin to reduce drag by manipulating the boundary layer flow as the fish swims, researchers are developing coatings for ship's hulls, submarines, aircraft fuselage, and even swimwear for humans US swimmer Michael Phelps used a swinmsuit based on this technology at the Beijing Olympics to reach his record eight gold medals in that competition, and the rest of the team as well

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43 12. Diatomaceous Nanotech They call it Biosilification, and it's the genetic engineering of the tiny, single-celled algae known as diatoms in order to mass produce silicon-based nanodevices and nanotubes for specific uses Living diatoms reliably manufacture working valves of various shapes and sizes that can be used in nanodevices to deliver drugs to specific targets in the body, as chemostats in chemical engineering applications, and in colonies as nanotubes for solar collectors and artificial photosynthetic processes Their silicon skeletons can provide specialized sensors and filters for uses in chemical engineering and defense applications.

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45 13. Glo-Fish Glow-in-the-dark aquarium fish may not fulfill a needful ecological role at the present time, but they're a fun - and lucrative - application of fluorescent proteins discovered in jellyfish while researchers are busily developing further biochemical tools The protein can be attached to other molecules of interest so they can be followed for understanding of their functions in living organisms, very useful in medical research

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47 14. Insect-Inspired Autonomous Robots Humans are probably not the best biological model for really useful robots For mobility, insect-like ability to cover varied terrain, climb surfaces and provide stability seems to work better Insect eyes offer greater resolution and panoramic range for exploring places people cannot go, and the ability to quickly adapt to changing environments (or even to spy on enemies undetected)

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49 15. Butterfly-Inspired Displays By mimicking the way light reflects from the scales on a butterfly's wings, Mirasol Displays have been developed that make use of the reflected light principle with an understanding of how human beings perceive that light. The display uses near-zero power whenever the displayed image is static while at the same time offering a refresh rate fast enough for video Perfect for 'smart' hand-held devices

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