Look for solutions in nature

Wired Science shows how, quite often, solutions to problems already exist–in nature.

For example:

  • 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.

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