The word “biomimetics” entered the dictionary in 1974. In the 45 years since, scientists have found design inspiration in everything biological from molecules to mammals.
Walnut shells are found to create 3-D puzzles with tissues that even toothy squirrels can’t easily crack.
A simple trick used by fireflies turned out to dramatically increase the light output of a test bulb designed by Belgian physicist Jean-Pol Vigneron.
Mother-of-pearl, or nacre, is not only a beautiful substance for jewelry and ceramics; it is a remarkable material.
As the biomimetics movement accelerates, scientists keep providing more and more examples of intelligent design in organisms great and small.