Saturday, January 17, 2009


Every creature in nature requires energy. Biomimetics is the science of applying designs from nature to solve problems in engineering, materials science, medicine, and other fields. Scientists closely study plants and animals in nature in order to replicate their systems.

Thanks to Smithsonian Networks, we learn how a moth's eye has microscopic corrugations that reduce light reflection. The process was replicated in a lab and that technology is now being built into anti-glare screens on our equipment.

Termites use mud mixed with saliva to build colonies. Through careful tunnel placement, they are able to control humidity and temperature in their structures. Researchers dissect one of their mounds to learn exactly how it is constructed, so that we may use their techniques for our own needs.

This video does an awesome job of showing the detailed ways in which scientists study nature and then transform this knowledge into objects with true use in our world. Nature is full of amazing materials. It is fascinating to find how much we can learn and adapt from what already exists. See for yourself how sharks inspire swimsuits, fish become cars and airplanes take the shape of birds. It's amazing!

Nature can transform the way we live. Ten of millions of species exist, all of which have secrets to unlock. The diversity of life is humanity's greatest resource. Scientists are looking at nature for inspiration and finding the answers to modern problems in totally unexpected ways!

Smithsonian Channel has three clips from the series available to watch online here. Check it out for yourself!

Run time: 3 hours
Release date: January 13, 2009

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