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Case Example: Learning how to sequester carbon from human lungs

Studying the way human lungs work is inspiring new technologies that remove carbon dioxide from sources like flue stacks, preventing this greenhouse gas from reaching our atmosphere and warming the planet.

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Case Example: Learning from whales to create efficient wind power

Wind tunnel tests of model humpback fins with and without tubercles have demonstrated the aerodynamic improvements tubercles make, such as an 8% improvement in lift and 32% reduction in drag.

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Case Example: Learning from nature to create flow without friction

Nature moves water and air using a logarithmic or exponentially growing spiral, as commonly seen in seashells.

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Case Example: How trees and bones optimize strength

Engineers have incorporated these and other lessons learned from how trees and bones optimize their strength and minimize their use of materials into software design programs, such as Claus Matteck's “Soft Kill Option” software, which are revolutionizing industrial design.

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Case example: Learning healing practices from chimpanzees

By observing how chimps and other species cope with illness, researchers have acquired leads on plants with promising medical applications to human health.

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Case Example: How lotus plants clean without cleaners

Microscopically rough surface additives modeled after lotus leave surfaces have been introduced into a new generation of paint, glass, and fabric finishes, greatly reducing the need for chemical or laborious cleaning.

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Case Example: Learning efficiency from kingfishers

Modeling the front-end of the train after the beak of kingfishers resulted not only in a quieter train, but 15% less electricity use even while the train travels 10% faster.

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Biomimicry DesignLens

The Biomimicry DesignLens is a collection of diagrams that visually represent the foundations of our design approach. It includes the core components of this approach: Essential Elements, Life's Principles, and Biomimicry Thinking. Available in multiple languages.

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DesignLens Download

We're excited to share five new DesignLens translations with you. Download the collateral from this page.

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DesignLens Usage Guide

We are excited to share the Biomimicry DesignLens diagrams with you via a Creative Commons (CC) license. Please follow the guidelines listed below before using any of the diagrams or icons contained in the folder.

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