To be continued….

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Thanks to everyone for having read my blog ! 

If you want to learn more about the topic of biomimicry or about « how to develop shock-absorbing helmets or earthquake resistant buildings by studying the woodpecker’s head structure »,  there are inifinite websites you can search for.

The last one i can offer you is about oceanic biomimicry and the pictures are amazing ! 












The most famous adaptation of SHARK SKIN was the creation of swimsuits that competitors such as Michael Phelps wore during the 2008 Olympics.  They were proved so effective and controversial that they’re now banned in major competitions.

To make those suits, scientists replicated the overlapping scales in sharkskin known as dermal denticles.   

Seen under an electron microscope, the denticles contain trenches that run lengthwise in alignment with water movement.  The trenches disrupt the formation of slower unstable water and speeds up water flow. The “denticle” technique now is being applied to hospital surfaces to help fight bacteria growth – the way sharkskin repels algae and parasites.



Contact lenses

Feet aren’t the only part of GECKO anatomy that’s got engineers excited.

Nocturnal geckos are among the very few living creatures able to see colors at night which makes their eyes 350 times more sensitive than humans, and lets them focus on objects at different distances. 

« With the study of animals with relatively large eyes such as owls and cats, we demonstrate that it is possible to obtain high-resolution wavefront measurements of small unharmed gecko eyes, without completely controlling the gaze or the accommodation of the animal eyes. »

The discovery may allow engineers to develop more effective cameras and possibly even multi-focal contact lenses.

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Turbines / cooling fans / airplane wings / windmills

WHALES have been swimming around the ocean for a long time and are able to dive hundreds of feet below the surface and stay there for hours.
How can they feed their massive size only with microscopic animals but still have such powerful tails ?
In 2004, scientists at Duke University, West Chester University and the U.S. Naval Academy, discovered that the bumps at the front edge of a whale fin greatly increase its efficiency, reducing drag by 32% and increasing lift by 8%. Companies like Whale Power are borrowing this concept and creating wind turbine blades that greatly boost the amount of energy created per turbine, and other companies are applying the idea to cooling fans, airplane wings and propellers. This is nature’s solution to the problem of
speed and agility under water.
These research also helped structures to generate windmills more efficient and quieter. 
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See the Whalepower’s website :
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Buildings structure

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TERMITE DENS look otherworldly, but they are surprisingly very interesting places to live.
While the outside temperature can range from 30°C to up than 100°C , the inside of a termite den can stay at a « comfortable temperature » (to a termite)  of 87°C.
Mick Pearce, architect of Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, studied the cooling chimneys and tunnels of termite dens and applicated them to the building which now uses 90% less energy than traditional ones to heat and cool air. It has large chimneys that naturally draw in cool air at night to lower the temperature of the floor slabs, and these retain the coolness during the day. 
This ingenuity helped the building owners save millions of dollars, excluding the energy cost savings for the running of the building.


Look for the whole article on

Robotics and bionic assistants

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Robotics have always been bound by the limitations of the computers of their time, but as computer technology continues to evolve, more and more complex calculations for a wider range of movements become possible.  

The capability of flexible and pliable movement has given way to more advanced designs like a new ‘biomechatronic’ handling system based on an ELEPHANT’s trunk.

Created by German engineering firm FESTO, the Bionic Handling Assistant smoothly transports heavy loads, expanding and contracting by inflating or deflating air sacs within each ‘vertebrae’.

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See Festo’s demonstration

See the analysis of air bags and articulations


High-speed trains

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The Shinkansen Bullet Train of the West Japan Railway Company is the fastest train in the world, traveling 200 miles per hour. The problem? Noise. Air pressure changes produced loud booming sound like a thunder clap every time the train emerged from a tunnel, provoking complains from the populations along the railroads.


Thus, Eiji Nakatsu, the train’s chief engineer and avid bird-watcher, asked himself, « Is there something in Nature that travels quickly and smoothly between two very different mediums? » Yes.

Modeling the front-end of the train after the highly efficiently-shaped beak of kingfishers, which dive from the air into bodies of water with very little splash to catch fish, resulted not only in a quieter train, but also 15% less electricity use even while the train travels now 10% faster.

Now click and see a kingfisher in action !


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The most famous example of biomimicry was the invention of



Invented in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who took the idea from the burrs that stuck tenaciously to his dog’s hair. Under the microscope he noted the tiny hooks on the end of the burr’s spines that caught anything with a loop - such as clothing, hair or animal fur – and that are in fact a natural mechanism for seed dispersion.

The 2-part Velcro fastener system uses strips or patches of a hooked material opposite strips or patches of a loose-looped weave of nylon that holds the hooks.

Coolest application: Championship Velcro Jumping, first made popular in 1984 by David Letterman.

Watch it on around the 1:05 minute !

Introduction to biomimicry/biomimetics/bionics

 Hi everyone and welcome to my website about biomimicry !

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The term ‘biomimicry’ refers to the study of unique, and inherently sustainable, natural systems within each species which may offer solutions to challenges we face today. 

Hope you will be interested in knowing about these human technologies inspired by Nature and which help society grow and develop. You will find here a recap of different articles taken from other websites along with cool pictures :)

And bytheway, my goal is not to turn this blog into an expose but only to show you amazing comparisons between natural elements and technological improvment. ENJOY ! 

Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.-
Leonardo Da Vinci


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