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  1. #1 Applying Biology to Techonolgy 
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    Biomimetics is the study of nature applied to engineering and technology, amalgamating biology and technology. People have increasingly turned toward nature for design inspiration. Nature, through years of experimentation, has produced effective solutions to innumerable complex real-world problems. Through natural selection, waste and efficiency are not tolerated in natural systems, unlike many of the technologies devised by humans.


    Here is one example whereby studying nature has help technology today: Designed a new type of wind-turbine blade that mimics the aerodynamic performance of a humpback whale's flipper, allowing a turbine to capture more of the wind's energy at much lower speeds. It means turbines manufactured with WhalePower blades would be capable of capturing energy where the wind is less strong, as conventional turbines tend to stall when wind speeds fall too low. Not only would this improve the business case for individual wind farms, it broadens the natural geography suitable for large-scale wind generation. (Frank Fish)

    Any other ideas is greatly appreciated as i have to do a project on this thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by clickme_asap
    Biomimetics is the study of nature applied to engineering and technology, amalgamating biology and technology. People have increasingly turned toward nature for design inspiration. Nature, through years of experimentation, has produced effective solutions to innumerable complex real-world problems. Through natural selection, waste and efficiency are not tolerated in natural systems, unlike many of the technologies devised by humans.
    Everybody poops, exhales carbon dioxide, radiates waste heat, generates vast numbers of immune cells and sex cells which will never be used... I'd call that waste. Natural selection does not produce perfect things, it produces things that are good enough to perpetuate themselves. Sure, there's a lot to learn from nature, and design by mimicking evolutionary processes results in great ideas, but let's not overstate things here.


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