8 Useful Technologies Inspired by Nature



We’re pretty good at inventing things, but stealing from nature is a great way to solve some problems!

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Sources:
Mosquito Needle
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/06/07/480653821/watch-mosquitoes-use-6-needles-to-suck-your-blood https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20928044-900-mosquito-needle-helps-take-sting-out-of-injections/

Waterproof Glue
http://www.popsci.com/article/science/mussels-inspire-glue-works-underwater
http://sciencenordic.com/synthetic-mussel-adhesive-sticks-anything

Cleaner Surfaces
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/15/us/sharks-may-yield-a-potent-weapon-against-infection.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/shark-skin-wallpaper-highly-effective-preventing-mrsa-superbug-growth-hospital-surfaces-303690
http://www.livescience.com/47870-shark-skin-hospital-superbugs.html
https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-photos/biomimicry-shark-denticles

Turbine Blades
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/409710/whale-inspired-wind-turbines/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/jun/24/animalbehaviour.usa

Turbine Placement
http://inhabitat.com/john-dabiri-uses-biomimicry-to-design-cheaper-and-more-efficient-wind-farms/
http://dabirilab.com/

Green Concrete
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coralmadeof.html

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/think-like-tree-new-kind-eco-friendly-concrete-inspired-coral/ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/535646/what-happened-to-green-concrete/
http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5996

Vaccines
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121120-jab-hope-for-resurrection-trick

Velcro
http://www.livescience.com/34572-velcro.html
http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1996883,00.html
http://lemelson.mit.edu/resources/george-de-mestral
http://nymag.com/vindicated/2016/11/an-idea-that-stuck-how-george-de-mestral-invented-velcro.html

Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anopheles_albimanus_mosquito.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CornishMussels.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mussels_on_rock.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Levodopa_3D_ball.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denticules_cutan%C3%A9s_du_requin_citron_Negaprion_brevirostris_vus_au_microscope_%C3%A9lectronique_%C3%A0_balayage.jpg
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/bc-ssh091514.php
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Humpback_Whales_-_South_Bank.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Humpback_whale_bubble_net_feeding_Christin_Khan_NOAA.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Humpback_Whales_-_Flickr_-_Christopher.Michel_(53).jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wind_turbine_farm,_Sault_Ste_Marie,_Ontario,_Canada.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:E-112_Egeln_feb2005.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20131002_xl_wiki_5203.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vertical-axis_Wind_Turbines_and_Solar_Panels,_2911_Dorr_Road,_Genoa_Township,_Michigan_-_panoramio.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coral_Outcrop_Flynn_Reef.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Montastrea_cavernosa.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buffalo_City_Court_Building,_1971-74,_Pfohl,_Roberts_and_Biggie_(8448022295).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SEM_image_of_Milnesium_tardigradum_in_active_state_-_journal.pone.0045682.g001-2.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GilfKebirJerichoRoses.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saccharomyces_cerevisiae_SEM.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trehalose-from-xtal-2008-CM-3D-balls.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Villtakjas_2008.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burdock_in_Scanning_Electron_Microscope,_magnification_40x.GIF
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Velcro_-_SEM_MUSE.tif

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21 thoughts on “8 Useful Technologies Inspired by Nature

  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    . . . Edit . . When i say never felt them at the time i meant at the time we were in the woods, The next day HELL started 4us.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    I remeber my now wife and i getting back to nature wiv a summer romp. I ended up with 120 insect bites, she had 170, We never felt them at the time but had 2stayin 4a week,on the plus side we grew sooo close, thanks mosquitos . . Be Warned, we look back un laugh but at the time it was HELL.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    i think every goddamn invention we did eve,is an inspiration from nature ,in a way or another…

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    L-3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine is the biological precursor to Dopamine and is also a Parkinson's drug.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    So could I eat a bunch of trehalose then die and when I get buried and it rains I come back to life? I have questions and ideas

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    6:33 I have had a problem with dry jokes, I'll lodge a complaint by dying.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    If these technologies would be really that usefull, we would actually use them…

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    This is taken directly from a TED talk on biomimicry. But the presentation here is a lot snappier so that is good.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    #1 made me feel sick. I'll never look at Construction class the same way again.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    I never itched from mosquito bites, during or after. Oregonian species may just be less likely to cause irritations.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    If mother nature sues us for copyright infringement, we have lot of explaining to do…

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