Tuesday, December 8, 2009

WORD TO KNOW: Biomimicry

What if nature had all the answers? Well, there's a new science afoot that is increasingly looking to the way the world works on its own to spawn new ideas to solve old and new problems. It's called biomimicry.

Says the Biomimicry Guild "Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems."

The reason why biomimicry is becoming more important is that we are increasingly looking for more simple and cost-saving ways to make our world "go round." And nature knows how to do it sustainably, integrating each part of itself into the surrounding world without taking more than it needs and not harming the future cycle of life. So with nature as the template, you get the best of both worlds -- efficiency and sustainability.

Examples from the Biomimicry Institute are -- "non-toxic adhesives inspired by geckos, energy-efficient buildings inspired by termite mounds, and resistance-free antibiotics inspired by red seaweed."

If we ever needed yet another reason to protect nature, this promising new science makes nature a valuable natural resource that should be undeniably safeguarded.

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