Spider webs cocoon a tree in Sindh Pakistan. (Photo by Russell Watkins via the UK Department of International Development)

Spider webs are stronger (and spookier) than kevlar. (Photo by Russell Watkins via the UK Department of International Development)

1. “Animals and plants build structures of incredible complexity without the energy-hungry high temperatures, pressures and toxic chemicals with which we process raw materials in this fossil fuel age, and without generating useless waste.” From Inspired, Naturally, Financial Times.

2. A spider’s web is “made with an input of only dead flies and sunlight, and yet is 5 times stronger than kevlar.” Edible Architechture, Design Observer and Spider’s Dragline, Biomimicry.

3. Sharklet Technologies is inhibiting bacteria through pattern alone. Hospitals are using it on medical surfaces to slow the spread of illnesses, and the revolutionary idea all comes from the skin of the Galapagos Shark. Technology, Sharklet.

4.  A waxy Namibian bug who drinks water from fog, inspires a British architecture firm to try and build waxy buildings that gather water from fog. King fisher birds solve the sound boom issues of hyper-futuristic bullet trains. A cement company is harvesting carbon dioxide for building materials, just like their heroes, coral reefs. Janine Benyus: Biomimicry in Action, TED.com (video)

5.  If we’re using nature as inspiration for the future, then: Is the real fountain of youth delicious with clarified butter? Science Says Lobsters can Live Forever, but are Still Delicious, Planet Green, Discovery.

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5 Comments

  1. Karen Mitchell
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 6:20 AM | Permalink

    Makes the sustainability of our precious planet all the more worth saving.

  2. alexredgrave
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM | Permalink

    Well said Karen!

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  5. Posted July 22, 2015 at 1:43 AM | Permalink

    The human species has a lot to learn from Mother Earth. Thank you

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