Archive for January 2018

What’s a biologist to do (to be good at design)?

Biology, of course, is essential to biologically inspired design. It is the source of basic principles, solutions, if you will, that are used to generate a product or process. Ideally, the different ways that natural vs. human-designed products accomplish function is what makes biological knowledge both necessary and valuable. But, developing a product is an…

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Deep Biologically Inspired Design: Overcoming Skepticism and Driving IP Creation

Proponents of biologically inspired design (a.k.a. bionics, biomimetics, nature-inspired design, etc.) suggest that the method holds great promise for innovative design, often with emphasis on sustainability. Successful designs range widely across domains, including novel nanoscale materials, more sustainable “green” chemistry, high performing mechanical systems and sensors, waste minimizing infrastructure ecosystems, and more efficient and robust…

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