Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
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Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature's best ideas - spider silk and prairie grass, seashells and brain cells - and adapts them for human use. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are applying nature's ingenious solutions to the problem of human survival: stirring vats of proteins to unleash their signaling power in computers; analyzing how spiders manufacture a waterproof fiber five times stronger than steel; studying how electrons in a leaf cell convert sunlight to fuel in trillionths of a second; discovering miracle drugs by observing what animals eat - and much more. The products of biomimicry are things we can all use - medicines, ''smart'' computers, super-strong materials, profitable and earth-friendly business. Biomimicry eloquently shows that the answers are all around us.