Janine Benyus

(Janine M. Benyus)

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Biological knowledge is doubling every five years. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Biologically inspired materials could revolutionize materials science. People looking at spider silk and abalone shells are looking for new ways to make materials better, cheaper, and with less toxic byproducts. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that's already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn.
Conserving habitats is a wellspring for the next industrial revolution.
Everyone is trying to jump on the biomimic bandwagon. But a cork floor is not biomimicry. Neither is using bacteria to clean water.
For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline - biology - to the design table. It's not to write an environmental impact statement, as most biologists in business do right now. Business, Commerce & Finance
Glue actually contaminates recyclables. We throw things in a landfill just because they're glued together.
Green chemistry is replacing our industrial chemistry with nature's recipe book. It's not easy, because life uses only a subset of the elements in the periodic table. And we use all of them, even the toxic ones. Life ;Nature
Hospital-acquired infections are now killing more people every year in the United States than die from AIDS or cancer or car accidents combined - about 100,000.
Life creates conditions conducive to life. Life
Life doesn't use detergent to clean itself. Life
Life solves its problems with well-adapted designs, life-friendly chemistry and smart material and energy use. Life
Nature works with five polymers. Only five polymers. In the natural world, life builds from the bottom up, and it builds in resilience and multiple uses. Life ;Nature
Organisms don't think of CO2 as a poison. Plants and organisms that make shells, coral, think of it as a building block.
Organisms sip energy, because they have to work or barter for every single bit that they get. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Per capita, I would say that Australia has more biomimetic projects going than many other countries I've been to.
The truth is, natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet or mortgaging the future. Truth ;Future
There are literally as many ideas as there are organisms.
There are three types of biomimicry - one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city.
Trees and bones are constantly reforming themselves along lines of stress. This algorithm has been put into a software program that's now being used to make bridges lightweight, to make building beams lightweight.
Water is at the center of every chemical reaction, and therefore should be the earth's most precious gift.
We're basically this very young species, only 200,000 years old. We're one of the newcomers, and we're going through the same process that other species go through, which is, how do I keep myself alive while taking care of the place that's going to keep my offspring alive?

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