Where do scientists find ideas to improve existing technology? Increasingly, the marvels of life—from the microscopic to the massive—inspire engineering breakthroughs. Knowingly or not, scientists are imitating God’s own incredible designs.
By copying the world around us, scientists believe they can find innovative solutions to almost any problem imaginable. Biomimetics (or biomimicry) has already led to the development of technology as diverse as airplanes, Velcro, windshield wipers, and sharkskin swimsuits.
The amazing Bombardier beetle has long been a favorite of intelligent design advocates, who ask how the insect’s amazing self-defense mechanism could have arisen. Now, researchers have imitated that incredible mechanism.
Thanks to God’s amazing design of gecko feet, we could one day live in a world where tires grip smooth surfaces, climbing gloves and boots grip rocks, and even Spider-Man suits are a reality. But the gecko, with its fantastic ability to scamper up glass walls and ceilings, still wins by a foot.
Scientists have long tried to understand how geckos can walk on walls and ceilings, even on smooth glass.
Some creatures produce tenaciously sticky substances and researchers hope to mimic these materials to create safer surgical procedures.
It’s easy to see why dogs are a hunter’s best friend. But sailors? Go topside to examine a swabbie’s shoe, and you’ll find your answer.
Mankind was not the first to invent glass. Since creation, untold trillions of little creatures, called diatoms, have made their homes out of glass.
The intricate folding of the beech leaf is an ingenious design. Scientists are using patterns found in nature.
God’s creation has inspired many of man’s greatest designs.
Researchers are studying the Sandcastle worm, which produces a glue.
An incredible new nautical device takes design cues from the humble Ensis directus clam.
Energy-generating turbines could take a cue from fish, according to a new study.
Fracture a bone? Let us put it back together with our worm glue.
Another of God’s creative designs has inspired human technology—a device that attempts to replicate a spider’s production of silk.
In another example of technology inspired by nature, a honeybee dance has helped scientists design a new model for Internet server technology.