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2013 December

    • Bryony Schwan Steps Down as Executive Director, Beth Rattner Steps Up
    • Janine Benyus Shares Gothenburg Award with Pavan Sukhdev
    • Business Accelerator Round to Be Offered in Design Challenge
    • Get a Personally Inscribed Copy of Janine Benyus’ Book on Biomimicry
    • Staying Warm: Learning from Nature’s Strategies

2013 November

    • MAKE Magazine Launches Biomimicry Series
    • This Holiday Season, Make Your Clicks Count
    • New, Updated Biomimicry Case Studies Available through BEN
    • Want to “Green” STEM Education? Take this Biomimicry Webinar
    • Biomimicry Enchants Kids and Parents at Halloween Event
    • New Staff Join AskNature Team

2013 October

    • No Nature, No Business: Amy Larkin Talk Now Online
    • How Would YOU Like Biomimicry to Improve Transportation?
    • Applications Now Accepted for Biomimicry Fellowship
    • Special Discount to Bioneers for Newsletter Readers
    • Donors Treated to Incredible Views, Wildlife Sightings in Yellowstone

2013 September

    • Student Design Challenge Launched, Focus Is on Transportation Needs
    • UC Berkeley Chemistry Students to Use Biomimicry in Textile Challenge
    • Nature-Inspired Chemistry Curricula Now Available in Spanish
    • SXSW Eco Exhibition to Implement Biomimicry Principles; Get Discount
    • Institute Work Featured in New Book on Biologically Inspired Design
    • You Are an Important Part of Our Ecoysystem

2013 August

    • Biomimicry Documentary to Air on PBS
    • Digital Version of Biomimicry Handbook Available
    • California County Designs Employee Network Using Life’s Principles
    • Entrepreneurial Training Course to Be Offered through Biomimicry Affiliate
    • Show the World You Support Biomimicry

2013 July

    • See What Got Participants Dancing at the Education Summit and Global Conference
    • Design Challenge, Best of Biomimicry Awards Announced at Gala Event
    • AskNature Growth Includes New Hire and User Experience Agency
    • Former Cradle to Cradle Executive Appointed Institute’s Interim Director
    • AskNature Growth Includes New Hire and User Experience Agency
    • Experience Biomimicry Under the Big Sky
    • Attend a Biomimicry Expedition in the Okavango Delta

2013 June

    • Join Janine Benyus in a Twitter Chat Today, June 6
    • Biomimicry 3.8 Co-Founders to Give Keynote and Closing Address at Summit/Conference
    • Finalists from Biomimicry Student Design Challenge to Compete in Boston
    • Video Contest Winner Wants Biomimicry to Address Challenges in Refugee Camps
    • Explore Yellowstone National Park with Janine Benyus
    • Gratitude for Our Student Design Challenge Volunteer Judges

2013 May

    • Last Chance to Apply for Education Summit Scholarship: May 8
    • 2011-2012 Annual Report Available Online
    • Register for Biomimicry and Design Workshop in China
    • AskNature to Unveil New Search Functionality
    • Purchase Film Festival Favorite Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution
    • Fulbright Awards Will Bring Biomimicry to Croatia, India
    • Water for Refugees: A Biomimicry Student Challenge

2013 April

    • Award-winning Designer Neri Oxman to Speak at Summit & Global Conference
    • Call for Nominations: The Best of Biomimicry
    • Introduction to Biomimicry in Education Workshop Offered at Summit
    • Student Designers Hone Business Plans for Round Two of Competition
    • Learn Biomimicry and Design in the Mexican Rainforest
    • Now Hiring: AskNature Content and Community Manager
    • Three New Board Members Bring Their Passion for Biomimicry to the Institute

2013 March

    • Fish Gills Inspire Winning Team in Student Design Challenge
    • New Life-Friendly Chemistry Lab Available for High School Teachers
    • Nature Will Be Your Teacher, BProfessional Will Be Your Guide
    • Scholarships Available for Those Attending Conference; Early Bird Registration Deadline March 15
    • Biomimicry Oregon Explores Nature’s Stormwater Management
    • Spotlight on: David Oakey

2013 February

    • Global Biomimicry Network Gathers for First Meeting in Austin
    • Early Birds Save on Summit and Conference Registration
    • Fourteen Certified Biomimicry Professionals Graduate in Costa Rica
    • Biomimicry Youth Challenge and Call for Posters

2013 January

    • Save the Date for the 7th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit
    • View Design Proposals from First Round Finalists of Student Design Challenge
    • Your Support Gives Us Sustenance
    • Find Life-Friendly Chemistry Strategies on AskNature
    • Three New Faculty Join Biomimicry Fellows Program
    • Take in the View of Our Biomimicry Certificate Programs with a Free iSite

2012 December

    • Become a Certified Biomimicry Professional
    • Big Changes for Biomimicry Youth Challenge
    • Give the Gift of Biomimicry this Season
    • Educators: Submit Your Proposal for Biomimicry Youth Challenge
    • Biomimicry Magazine Nominated for Awards

2012 November

    • In Memoriam
    • Concrete without Quarries: Revolutionizing the School Chemistry Lab
    • Call for Presenters at the Biomimicry Education Summit, Boston
    • University Student Design Challenge Attracts 340 Teams
    • UMass Boston Approves Biomimicry Course for Science Requirement
    • New York Celebrates Biomimicry; Design Mind Award
    • Conference Addresses Solutions to Environmental Challenges

2012 October

    • Weisman Art Museum Features Biomimicry in Design Exhibit
    • Just a Few Weeks Left to Register for the Student Design Challenge
    • Biomimicry Education: Taking Root Around the World
    • Take Your Biomimicry Experience to the Next Level
    • Start Spreading the News: Biomimicry Week Begins Oct. 15
    • Exploring Nature’s Toolbox at the “Field”
    • Biomimicry Workshop Findings to Be Presented at Bioneers

2012 September

    • Students: Tap Nature’s Genius to Solve Water Challenges
    • Join the Biomimicry Conversation; Participate in SXSW Eco via Twitter
    • Watch Our New Foundational Course Trailer
    • Israel Launches Biomimicry Nature Trail

2012 August

    • Michelle Obama Honors Janine Benyus at White House Lunch
    • University Students to Tackle Water Management for Design Challenge
    • Biomimicry Youth Challenge Registration Now Open
    • What You Can Learn About Biomimicry in a Week
    • Educators: Let’s Network!
    • HOK Builds Orphanage in Haiti Using Biomimicry

2012 July

    • Pofoxeavertle Coat, Pill Bug Sledge Win Biomimicry Youth Challenge
    • Almost Here: Your Chance to Study Biomimicry in Scotland Next Month
    • 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit Energizes Our Flock
    • New Keystone Society Honors Major Donor Support
    • Warning: We’ve Launched Our New Youtube Channel
    • Biomimicry 3.8 Institute Board of Directors Evolves
    • AskNature Nugget
    • AskNature Strategies and Products
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 June

    • Janine Benyus Wins Design Mind Award
    • Scholarships Awarded for Ed Summit; Richard Louv to Give Opening Address
    • Three Design Challenge Teams Take Their Projects to the Next Level
    • Learn Biomimicry in Your Living Room
    • Spend a Week Learning Biomimicry in Scotland
    • Missed our Higher Education Webinar? Proceedings Now Available
    • Institute Staff Provide Costa Rican Naturalists with Biomimicry Training
    • AskNature Nugget
    • AskNature Featured Strategies
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 May

    • InterfaceFlor Dedicates Sales Catalog to Biomimicry
    • Pre-Summit Workshop to Introduce Biomimicry to Educators
    • Scholarship Funds Available for Biomimicry Education Summit
    • Design Charrettes Generate Ideas for AskNature 2.0
    • Nantucket Biomimicry Workshop Offered
    • Biomimicry Alum Creates Buzz-Worthy Design
    • AskNature Nugget
    • AskNature Featured Product
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 April

    • Celebrate Earth Day with Ask the Planet, Ahora en Español
    • Meet the New Biomimicry 3.8 Institute Staffers
    • Institute Selected by Carnegie Foundation to Attend STEM Workshop
    • First Biomimicry Course in Israel Launches at the Safari
    • AskNature Nugget: Giraffe
    • AskNature Strategy: Arapaima
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 March

    • Snail-Inspired Design Wins Biomimicry Student Design Challenge
    • Registration for Biomimicry Education Summit Now Open
    • New Online Master’s Program Focuses on Sustainable Design
    • Environmental Documentary Features Janine Benyus
    • New Biomimicry Sites Worth Bookmarking
    • AskNature Featured Strategy: Desert Scorpion
    • AskNature Nugget: Starfish
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 February

    • Biomimicry Documentary to Travel with Wild & Scenic Film Festival
    • Finalists in Biomimicry Student Design Challenge Announced
    • Save the Date for the Biomimicry Education Summit
    • ASU Design Students Find Inspiration in Panama Tropics
    • Great Scot! Biomimicry Educators’ Training to Be Held in Findhorn

AskNature Nugget

: Desert Holly
    • AskNature Strategy

: Leaf-Cutting Ant
    • Spotlight on: Sarah Martin
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2012 January 

    • Together, We Make a Great Team
    • Let the Judging Begin: Panel to Select Finalists for SDC
    • Institute Staff Travel to New Zealand to Discuss Biomimicry and Conservation
    • Register Today for Biomimicry in Higher Education Webinar
    • Biomimicry Youth Challenge Deadline Approaching
    • Advanced PhD Program Launching Now; Applications Due in February
    • AskNature Nugget: Pistol Shrimp
    • AskNature Featured Product: SMIT Solar Ivy
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 December

    • More on Our Name: Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
    • Double Your Donation in December
    • Registration Now Open for 2012 Biomimicry Youth Challenge
    • Biomimicry Comes to the Big City
    • Introducing AskNature Nuggets
    • AskNature Featured Strategy
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 November

    • Life’s Operating Manual Presented at Bioneers
    • California Academy of Sciences Hosts Biomimicry Events
    • New Biomimicry Case Studies Presented at Greenbuild
    • Japan Joins Biomimicry Network
    • Student Design Challenge Goes International
    • Support the Student Design Challenge and Biomimicry Education
    • AskNature Featured Strategy
    • Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Paisley
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 October

    • Janine Benyus Addresses Form and Function at Clinton Global Initiative
    • Kids Spend a Night at the Museum, Biomimicry Style
    • Save the Date: 2012 Biomimicry Education Summit
    • Proposed Biomimicry Education Mentors Network Wins Recognition

Our Next Evolutionary Leap: Biomimicry 3.8
    • AskNature Featured Strategy and Product
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 September

    • Our Next Evolutionary Leap – Biomimicry 3.8
    • TBI Founder Receives Prestigious Award
    • Student Design Challenge Opens
    • Biomimicry on Display in Europe
    • A “Peeing” Car at a Middle School Science Fair
    • Veracruz Biomimicry Workshop Attracts Diverse Crowd
    • Watch Our Education Summit Highlight Reel
    • Newsletter Survey Results In
    • Remembering Ray Anderson
    • AskNature Featured Product
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 August 

    • Student Innovators: We Challenge You to Tackle Climate Change!
    • A Biomimicry Education Fellow Goes the Distance for Sustainability
    • Follow Janine Benyus on a Biomimicry Journey Through Africa in Second Nature
    • Register for Biomimicry Workshop and Receive 20% Discount off Bioneers
    • Don’t Forget: Complete Our Survey and We’ll Donate to Grizzly Habitat Preservation
    • AskNature Featured Product: The Humpback Fin
    • Volunteer Spotlight: Arno Vlooswijk
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 July

    • 5th Annual Ed Summit Gathers Leaders in Biomimicry Education
    • Give Us Your Thoughts and We’ll Give to Grizzly Bear Conservation
    • Former Biomimicry & Design Student Starts Urban Community Inspired by Baboons
    • Get 20% Discount off 2011 Bioneers Conference Registration
    •  AskNature Featured Strategies: Cooling Down
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 June

    • Young Innovators Display Ingenuity in Inaugural Biomimicry Design Challenge
    • Update: Renowned Green Chemistry Expert to Keynote Education Summit
    • TBI Celebrates Benyus’ Honorary Degree, New Edition of Biomimicry Book
    • AskNature Featured Strategy: golden-fronted woodpecker
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 May

    • Early Bird Registration for Education Summit Ends May 16
    • Announcing Our Next Student Design Challenge: Fall Semester (Save the Date!)
    • Help Us Spread the Word on Biomimicry
    • Proceedings Published: Education Webinar
    • AskNature: Featured Strategy: blue penguin
    • Volunteer Spotlight: Dona Boggs Aitken
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 April

    • Biomimicry Panel Is Tweeted, Illustrated at SXSW
    • NYSERDA Partnership Provides Biomimicry Resources for New York
    • The Great TV Rebellion Is Back!
    • Three More Institutions Commit to Developing Biomimicry Degrees
    • Second Nature Documentary Named Crowd Favorite at Film Festival
    • Japanese Delegation Visits Missoula
    • AskNature Featured Strategy: coralline algae
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 March

    • Participate in our SXSW Biomimicry Panel
    • Win a Spot in a Biomimicry Backyard Workshop
    • Save the Date for Education Summit: June 27-29, Cleveland, OH
    • Biomimicry Mural Chosen for International Public Art Event
    • Ask Nature Featured Product: Vitalis PET Bottle
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2011 January

    • Biomimicry Film to Premiere at Festival
    • Register Now for Higher Education Webinar
    • Get to Know the TBI Team
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium Launches Biomimicry Exhibit
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Humidity changes exoskeleton color: Hercules beetle
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News

2010 December

    • Lipscomb University Becomes World’s Fourth Biomimicry Affiliate
    • Your Donation Helps Inspire the Next Generation of Biomimics
    • Register Now for Higher Education Webinar
    • New Biomimicry Professional Education Opportunities Available
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Tongue defeats gravity: cats
    • A Warm Thanks to AskNature User Duarte Miguel Prazeres
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 November

    • Obama Administration Features Janine Benyus at GreenGov Symposium
    • Biomimicry Exhibit Opens for Dutch Design Week
    • Squirrels Know Best: Start Storing Your Holiday Gifts Now
    • Send a Biomimicry Holiday eCard
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Antlers resist fracture: elk
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 October

    • Imagine Your Pathway: Biomimicry Professional Pathways Launches March 2011
    • Call for Abstracts: Biomimicry in Higher Education Webinar
    • TBI Launches First Annual Biomimicry Youth Challenge
    • Virtual Bouquet to Volunteer Kimberly Vincent
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Blubber absorbs heat: bottlenose dolphin
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 September

    • AskNature Wins Earth Award!
    • Online Biomimicry Course for Youth Educators Launched
    • Staff Changes at the Institute
    • Teaching the Teachers at the Center for Ecoliteracy AskNature Featured Product
    • Insulated glass reduces bird collisions
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 August

    • How Would Nature Build Community?
    • Israeli Biomimicry Organization Forms
    • Add Photos, Illustrations, Videos to AskNature
    • AskNature Featured Strategies Roots attach firmly: English Ivy Nanoparticles block UV light: English Ivy
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 July

    • Mexican Biomimicry Workshop Addresses Local Design Challenge
    • Biomimicry Seed Planted in the Netherlands
    • What can an Elephant Teach You about Communication? Join us in South Africa and Find Out!
    • AskNature Featured Product FLOWE Wind Farm Design
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 June

    • Thanks for Making the TV Rebellion a Great Success!
    • FastCompany Shows Biomimicry in Action
    • Become a Certified Biomimicry Professional
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Unique antifreeze protects from extreme cold: Alaskan Upis beetle
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 May

    • World’s First Biomimicry Nature Trail Unveiled
    • Fourth-Grader Wins National Science Contest with Biomimetic Design
    • Better than Summer School: Register for Biomimicry Workshops Today!
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Flotation in turbulent waters: Heteropterid bugs
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 April

    • Turn off the TV and Turn on Nature for Earth Week
    • Biomimicry Student Profile: Erin Leitch
    • Space Limited for 4th Annual Veracruz Biomimicry & Design Workshop
    • AskNature Featured Strategy Spotted boxfish maintains stability in turbulence
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 February

    • Biomimetic Bulkheads Could Spur River Recovery
    • Apply to be a Biomimicry Fellow
    • Biomimicry Group Seeks Chief Operating Officer
    • AskNature Featured Strategy: Slime Mold
    • Biomimicry Research and Design News Roundup

2010 January

    • Volunteers are critical to our success
    • 2009 Noble Prize Laureates: gecko and spider
    • Help us add products to AskNature
    • AskNature featured strategies: What can we learn from tropical rainforests?
    • Biomimicry research and design news roundup

2009 December

    • The Biomimicry Institute ’06-’09 available online and in print
    • Meeting of the minds: envisioning the evolution of design education
    • Biomimicry receives a warm welcome in Europe
    • Moving cilia create iridescence: comb jellies
    • Biomimicry research and design news roundup

2009 November

    • Education Panel Generates Excitement Around Teaching Biomimicry
    • City Master Plan to Incorporate Ecological Standards
    • Thanks for your support!
    • Rocky Mountain Swarm
    • Biomimicry Research and Design Roundup

2009 October

    • Non-formal Biomimicry Education
    • Biomimicry Momentum in South Africa
    • Research and Design News Roundup

2009 September

    • First Bioimimicry Affiliate Institutions
    • Local Biomimicry Groups
    • Mexico Workshop Roundup

2009 August

    • Celebrating Success and Planning for the Future of Biomimicry Education
    • AskNature Needs your Design Sketches
    • Janine Benyus at TEDGlobal
    • Biomimicry Research & Design News Roundup

2009 June

    • Growth, New Talent, Steady Success
    • Awards for biomimicry music CD Ask the Planet
    • Biomimicry in Community Planning