Special Interests

Find out about other projects of special interest that come from the world of biomimicry including calls for papers, upcoming conferences, and interactive sites.

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Check out the new newsletter format from the Biomimicry Institute!

Newsletter Weblog!

This Weblog stores current and past issues of the BioInspired! Newsletter (formerly the Biomimicry Newsletter).

August 2005 Newsletter (Issue 3.2) - Special Costa Rica Workshop Edition

image: Janine Benyus and Dayna Beaumeister Costa Rica Biomimicry Workshop 2005

Bumblebee Waggle Dance brought to you by NOVA
Online Dances with Bees
A fabulous interactive PBS website

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upper right image: Ted Hooper
Anthidium manicatum copyright©2005 Cirrus Digital Imaging


Caltech site of Biophysical and Biomechanical Adaptation and Bioinspired Engineering

The evolutionarily developed adaptive properties of organisms, both plants and animals, are based upon physical principles and properties as well as upon chemical principles and properties. Studies of these biophysical and biomechanical adaptations are the evolutionarily based, ecologically relevant subfields of biophysics and bioengineering. There is much that is useful that we can learn from nature. Organisms form a huge natural library of well-tested, sophisticated approaches and, sometimes, solutions to many of the design and process problems faced by human engineers. Reverse engineering of natural systems can be highly instructive and informative.


Electronic Journal on Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

Call for papers: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics will focus on the study and distillation of principles and functions found in biological systems that have been developed through evolution, and application of this knowledge to produce novel and exciting basic technologies and new approaches to solving scientific problems.

February 2007 Issue will be covered in the International Symposium of the Center for Biologically Inspired Design, 2006

An Interactive Website

Aqualab of Speedo

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biomimicry defined


by Thomas R. Consi

Webb_Consi Robotics

An animal is profoundly affected by the many subtle and complex signals within its environment, and because the animal invariably disturbs its environment, it constantly creates a new set of stimuli. Biorobots are now enabling biologists to understand these complex animal-environment relationships.

human plus nature

Ecological design transforms awareness by making nature visible. It awakens our sense of belonging to a wider natural world. Ultimately, it brings us home.

Sim Van Der Ryn & Stuart Cowan
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CBID is an interdisciplinary center for research and development of design solutions that occur in biological processes. Founded in 2005, It is one of more than 100 interdisciplinary research units funded at Georgia Institute of Technology