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Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider’s web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature’s designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature – they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.

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Magic of Motion

The aerodynamics of how animals walk, swim and fly. All the Wright Brothers needed to do was look up to the Turkey Vulture? Nature inspired man's earliest motion and continues to do so today.

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The Material World

Nature is full of amazing materials, tougher than steel and sharper than our finest optics, and uses them in extraordinary ways. Scientists look for materials that are warmer, smarter, stronger and more eco-friendly.

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Energy Is the Key

Energy is the Key, Sunlight and plants, the alchemy of life. Human mastery of fire freed us from energy constraints, but at what cost? The search for new ways to live on our planet