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Biomimicry examines the extraordinary innovations of the natural world and the human inventions they have inspired. Readers will learn about marvels such as high-performance swimsuits modeled after sharkskin and the sleek front ends of Japanese bullet trains based on the long, streamlined beak of the kingfisher. There's also plenty about what glimmers on the horizon: A Brazilian beetle may be key to developing computers that run on light, and the gecko's humble foot may hold the secret to revolutionizing the way surgical wounds are closed. Best of all, nature's inventions are lean, green machines that are self-sustaining and generate zero waste --- yet another cue humans are taking from the natural world. Astounding facts, easy-to-understand prose and luminous illustrations bring the wonders of nature into the science lab.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781554534678
Branch Call Number: J 608 LEE
Characteristics: 40 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Margot 1965-- Illustrator


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May 08, 2019

Although published in 2011, this is just a superb book to introduce children not merely to biomimicry but to give them an appreciation for Nature, its inventions and creations. It's range of 4-5 examples per category is quite amazing. Even for older children, it will stimulate them to reconsider not merely the means of Nature but also challenge them to appreciate the creativity of understanding and incorporating the lessons of nature's mechanisms, as adapted to human inventions for the betterment of humanity consistent with the regenerative, nonpolluting, and recyclable principles of natural solutions to common problems, shared by humans and other natural creatures. This can stimulate young minds to imagine how they too can discover new solutions for the general welfare. For older children see "Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and their Engineering Potential," created by college students studying the subject.
I only wish that this book was the first in a series. But perhaps that is a challenge for its readers to find and document current examples of biomimicry. For adults to keep up with their children, I recommend that they borrow from SFPL "THE SHARK'S PAINTBRUSH", which will give them even more current examples by a biomimeticist engineer, now living in Marin, benefitting from his many inventions. Look up other resources at SFPL by searching the topic of "biomimicry". ~Ted


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