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Biomimicry: Technology Of The Future Essay

970 words - 4 pages

Biomimicry is the imitation of nature and things in nature to develop new ways of living, to help us become better adapted to the world around us. 10,000 years ago, during the neolithic revolution, humans began to rely upon agriculture and began to understand what nature could do for us. Years later, during the industrial revolution, which was a time during the 19th century when their was a widespread knowledge of fossil fuels, humans have been competing with nature. We have been competing with nature for who has the better claim on the land, because for millions of years, we were at the mercy of nature. With that being said, humans, having realized that we have many problems, then realized that we must work together with nature and exist on this planet as one. Now, instead of us fighting with nature, we look to nature to help answer our problems through the process of biomimicry.
Although the term biomimicry is relatively new, the process of us imitating nature to better our lives has been with us for centuries. Leonardo Da Vinci, an Italian scientist who lived during the 15th century used biomimicry to help create a “flying machine.” He studied the flight patterns of birds with the hopes that it would enable him to fly. (1) Although he was unsuccessful in creating a machine that could actually fly, he inspired a pair of brothers to continue on his work. In 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright studied the flight pattern of pigeons to help create the first airplane. The actual term Biomimicry appeared around 1982, a long time after these historic events took place. Fifeteen years later, Biomimicry became popular by a scientist named Janine Benyus and her book 2002 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. (2) In her book, and as it says in the book description from the publisher, Ms. Benyus details the “Profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.” She explains that us humans can use biomimicry and the best ideas nature has given us, which are photosynthesis, brain power, and shells, and how we can adapt those ideas for human use. (2)
Everyday humans are using biomimicry to help better emerge technology. For example when one thinks of humpback whales, they normally think of water. But now, through the process of biomimicry, and through a company called WhalePower who is studying them, the structure of the humpback whale flippers are being put on wind turbines to make them more efficient. (4, 5) The average size of the humpback whale flipper is normally ¼ of the body size. (7) The use of humpback whale flippers doesn’t stop there, because in the near future, they will be used to make airplanes, fans, and even more items safer and more efficient. Scientists are also studying the flippers of dolphins and obtaining knowledge for hydrodynamics. The flippers that dolphins...

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