New free biomimicry resource and Biomimicry Bootcamp

Explore our newest free resource for teachers:  “Sharing Biomimicry with Young People”

 

An orientation to biomimicry for K-12 teachers

We created this free publication to help youth educators establish a general foundation in biomimicry and provide suggestions and resources for introducing the core ideas to students of varying ages. Download the PDF from our Resource Library on AskNature.org. (Note: a free user account is required.)

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Last weekend, entrepreneurs from seven countries gathered in California, for the first ever Biomimicry & Business Bootcamp. The teams are refining their innovations and business models by exploring various ecosystems, such as California’s ocean caves, for microorganisms that may inspire new design thinking.

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Unless you’re a bee, you’ve never seen flowers this way beforein their ultraviolet glow. Discover the work of Craig Burrows, whose remarkable photos capture the light that plants emit.

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In this special edition of Zygote Quarterly, read how NASA is learning from nature, which “has continued to provide models for invention in robotics, aeronautics and propulsion, and solving the challenges of living in hostile environments.”

Read issue #18.

The next wave of antibacterials may kill with physics, not chemistry. Gecko skin is anti-wetting and self-cleaning, with pearl-like droplets of water rolling off the surface. When bacteria try to settle on the surface, they get skewered by the gecko’s hair-like projections, seen here.

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The superorganism way of life: moving from scarcity to abundance After nearly four billion years of life, natural selection has sculpted tens of millions of winning solutions. Today, we are converging on the networked superorganism way of life, the same kind of society you see in ants, termites, and honeybees. By Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker.

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Can an ancient plant teach us how to create healthy soils? With 3 percent of trees in the orchards dying prematurely, the team of innovators from Chile needed to ensure that future crops could thrive. Looking for clues in the surrounding ecosystem, one particular plant—the yareta, a type of cushion plant—stood out. By Erin Connelly. Read more.