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San Diego Zoo looks to nature to solve human issues

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2012 03:36 PM by AlexMuller

The concept is known as biomimicry.

San Diego is home to Qualcomm, a firm that has been studying light reflection on butterfly wings to design its Mirasol e-reader display. It is thought to be the first biomimicry research centre based at a zoo.


"In this field, you need to look at the biological world as your first step. It may be surprising that it has taken so long to have a centre with close ties with a zoo," said Prof George Jeronimidis of the University of Reading in the UK.


The zoo's scientists and animal care staff will research the biology of plants and animals, and the centre then aims to collaborate with organisations around the world to develop actual products.


The head of the new division, Larry Stambaugh, said that "nature has faced all of the challenges that we humans face today and has solved them".


"If we look at nature, we can find solutions to almost any challenge, like developing sustainable building materials or non-toxic advanced colour solutions."


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-08-30
Thats a good advancement and I hope they also do some work on wild life and also the distinctive animals left on this planet. nice work Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-08-31
Big point hasam seeing as you've re stated it like 5 times :-) For these guys however, they're probably observing animals in thier 'natural' habitat to see how they can learn from how animals solve problems. Point is, they'd do much better in reserves than a zoo. Reply
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