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Learning From Natures Best Technologies

This would be especially cool for the engineering majors—especially bioengineering, mechanical engineering, and structural engineering—and for biology majors…

“Learning From Nature’s Best Technologies: An Introduction to Biomimicry”

“Life has been performing design experiments on Earth’s R&D lab for 3.8 billion years. What’s flourishing on the planet today are the best ideas—those that perform well in context, while economizing on energy and materials.” Janine Benyus, The Biomimicry Guild

Please join us for a stimulating evening focused on the exciting new discipline of “Biomimicry”, hosted by the Zoological Society of San Diego. Dayna Baumeister, of The Biomimicry Guild, will demonstrate technological and commercial applications that arise when inquisitive humans ask nature for solutions to complex design challenges. Present-day applications of biomimicry include:

* Energy efficient buildings designed after termite mounds

* Super-efficient wind turbines modeled on the fins of humpback whales

* Wetsuits worn by Olympic medalists imitating the texture of sharkskin

* Antibiotics which do not result in resistant bacteria based on the defenses of red seaweed

* Lightweight building materials based on the structure of an abalone shell

Fabulous unique images of nature coupled with their bio-inspired technologies tell the story of a world in which humans fit in with the environment, meeting our functional needs while simultaneously creating conditions conducive for all life.

Dayna will also talk about efforts locally and worldwide to further the practice of biomimicry, introducing opportunities for individuals and organizations from education, business, engineering, architecture, biology and other fields to get involved in making our world a more sustainable and healthier place.

The evening is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

When: Tuesday, June 24, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: San Diego Zoo

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