Bio-Inspiration: Nature as Muse
From KQED Quest, aired October 21, 2008
on January 21, 2009
For hundreds of years, scientists have been poaching design ideas from structures in nature. Now, biologists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working together to design a broad range of new products, such as life-saving milli-robots modeled on the way cockroaches run and adhesives based on the amazing design of a geckos foot. QUEST visits their labs to find out what's so special about these crawling and scaling animals.
Tags: biology, nature, mimicry, bioengineering