Our evolutionary past feeds into the technologies and design of the future, as shown in this introduction. The growing field of biomimetics uses natural mechanisms/selection as a source of technological innovation and ideas, e.g.: the lotus flower gives stainproofing, serrations on the mosquito’s proboscic inspire pain-free injections, and the feathers of raptors become transformable airplane wings. Biomimetic applications are used in building and architecture (thanks to studying prairie dogs and termites), waterproof textiles (by studying shark skin), sonar technology (by studying dolphins’ communication), and web hosting (by studying cooperative behavior between birds, fish, and insects). Allen is founding editor of the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics: Learning from Nature.
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