Nature, our guru
there is no such thing as waste—anything left over from one animal or plant becomes food for another species. Humans have looked at nature for answers to problems throughout our existence. This science is biomimetics. Human engineers and designers have continued to look towards nature for solutions to modern problems. All modern science that we look at with awe today has its origin in biomimicking. For instance, cameras (from the eye), airplane (from birds in flight), radar (from bats), desert cooler (from rabbit ears), syringe (from snake fangs) and dialysis machine (from kidneys) are some of the examples where modern technology has been derived by mimicking nature. Nature, then, is the greatest teacher. I believe the future will throw up more discoveries and inventions having their origins in biomimetics.
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