AskNature: How do you make energy?

June 10, 2016 by  
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Here’s how an olive tree, the rainbow trout and a wallaby all provide inspiration for sustainable energy systems.

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The rise of green retirement plans

June 10, 2016 by  
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A new federal policy change opens the door to more environmentally minded nest eggs.

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AskNature: How do you manage waste?

May 20, 2016 by  
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Here’s how honey bees and the human kidney inspire innovation in agriculture, air purification and pollution management.

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AskNature: How can we design better packaging?

May 6, 2016 by  
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Striped bass and sea snails hold secrets to wrapping and transporting products  — as well as safer helmets, safety goggles and vehicles.

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

August 27, 2014 by  
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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

August 19, 2013 by  
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In our newest series, The Biomimicry Manual , we are thinking about design in a different way and asking ourselves “ How would nature do it? “. Nature’s designs are tried and true, and there are a number of creatures on this planet that have a few tricks we can study and borrow from to make life on earth better. Take, for instance, this tiny party animal seen above. The pen-tailed tree-shrew ( Ptilocercus lowii ) is a beautiful, bright-eyed social climber, with a lovely naked tail ending in a fabulous feathery fringe. It spends its days sleeping, but by night, this little creature indulges its taste for naturally fermented palm wine. A lot of it . In fact, booze is pretty much what they live on. So what can we learn from them? Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addiction , alcoholiism , alcoholism , asknature , bioinspiration , bioinspired design , biomimicry , curing addiction , curing alcoholism , palm wine , pen-tail treeshrew , the biomimcry manual , tree-shrew , treeshrew        

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GIVEAWAY: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value)

December 3, 2012 by  
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It’s no secret that design and architecture are highly competitive fields, and those in the industry often pay thousands on R&D, not to mention the money spent on all of the educational degrees they needed to get a job in the first place. But for many successful designers, the answers and inspiration that led to their breakthroughs were found not in a school textbook or through a research and development firm, but right within their own natural surroundings . Biomimicry , or the application of solutions found in nature to man-made technologies, has been responsible for many innovations such as velcro, airplanes and passive cooling, and has inspired numerous designers to connect the dots and come up with world-changing concepts. If you’re interested in learning how this relatively new methodology can give you a competitive edge , Biomimicry 3.8 is giving away its online Introduction to Biomimicry course to four lucky winners . Read on to see how you can get this $99 course for free. TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY: 1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > (If you are not already a subscriber.) We’ll be announcing the winner in our weekly newsletter , so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize! 2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW > Tell us why you want to win this introduction to biomimicry course. Maybe you want to use it to gain an advantage over your competition or to simply become a better designer — let us know in the comments below. The deadline for this giveaway is December 31st . We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter , so make sure you’re signed up ! 4 CHANCES TO WIN! DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31ST   Read the rest of GIVEAWAY: Get a Competitive Design Edge with This FREE Intro to Biomimicry Online Course ($99 Value) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ask nature , asknature , biomimicry , biomimicry.net , design ideas , design inspiration , design tools , eco design , green design , inspiration from nature , inspiration in nature , sustainable design

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How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems

December 3, 2012 by  
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Shortly before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs said, “I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning.” The crossroads that he spoke of actually has a name –  biomimicry – and while it has been helping inventors, designers and architects innovate in genius ways for centuries, its value has become even more apparent in the past few years as we realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most incredible designers. If you’re not yet familiar with biomimicry , it’s a word that describes finding design inspiration from nature to solve human problems . There are examples of biomimicry all around us – velcro , airplanes , solar panels modelled on ivy , and even buildings modelled after termite mounds . The people who came up with these inventions were obviously intelligent, but even more important, they were good observers able to make a connection between an issue they wanted to address and a solution that already existed in nature . If you’re an architect, designer or inventor facing a design dilemma that you simply can’t get past, or if you’re just feeling stuck in a rut, the answer may be right in front of you  – if you know where to look . Read the rest of How Biomimicry Can Help Designers and Architects Find Inspiration To Solve Problems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ask nature , asknature , biology and technology , biomimicry , biomimicry.net , design ideas , design inspiration , design tools , eco design , green design , inspiration from nature , inspiration in nature , Steve Jobs , sustainable design

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