Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Biomimicry-Innovation Inspired by Nature

Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

Biomimicry-Innovation Inspired by Nature

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Biomimicry--Innovation Inspired by Nature (2 DVDs, 2002, Bullfrog Films, 88 mm)

Necessity may be invention's mom, but the producers of Biomimicry argue that "nature" is, in fact, a much better "mother." The film warns students of the ways our vaunted technologies may be damaging our planet, and encourages them to look natureward when designing new problem-solving technologies. This unconventional film can both inspire and initiate discussion in its intended audience of grades 7-12. Based on the book by Janine Benyus, the two-part DVD introduces various novel technologies, the scientist(s) behind them, and their inspirations in nature. Examples of the technologies include synthetic compounds that mimic the process of photosynthesis in order to harvest energy, environmentally friendly rugs with patterns inspired by nature, adhesives that incorporate the compounds found in mussel glue, and even microprocessors made more effective by mimicking the abalone.

The kiln of evolution has forged the internal processes of Earth's organisms for millions of years. …

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