Jan 26, 17 / Aqu 26, 01 13:31 UTC
Biomimicry is the part of biology where engineers look at what an animal can do and try to mimic that in their inventions. A common misconception about biomimicry is that it uses animals in their machines, but that is not the case. In biomimicry we look at nature and use it as an template. Let me give an example:
The most popular example is gecko feet. The little creatures are able to climb upside down on a seiling, making use of intermolecular forces. The reason they can do this is because they have have really big atoms on the underside of their feet. Scientists and engineers tried to make small robots that use this concept to climb walls, and they actually managed to do it.
I think this is important because animals are easily forgotten when inventing things. We might be able to use systems found in animals to optimize life at our new home.
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