Wired Science shows how, quite often, solutions to problems already exist–in nature.
- The long, tapered nose of the Shinkansen, the high-speed trains of Japan, were modeled after the beak of the kingfisher, which drastically reduces the resistance as it dives into the water.
- Engineers have created material with a surface modeled after shark skin, which, because of its texture, inhibits bacterial growth. They are incorporating this anti-bacterial surface into medical devices.
When faced with a problem, try looking for inspiration in nature.