BIOMIMICRY ± THE NATURE BORROWED

Scientific group of young reseachers, The 10th grade students: Nechaev Trofim, Abramova Marina, Knyazeva Svetlana, Goudeyev Vladimir Lyceum #17, Vladimir

meaning life.What is Biomimicry? Biomimicry (from bios. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of this ³innovation inspired by nature. and mimesis. meaning to imitate) is mimesis. a new science that studies nature¶s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. bios.´ .

1496 he unsuccessfully tested a flying machine he had constructed. On January 3.The History of Biomimicry Fascinated by the phenomenon of flight. and plans for several flying machines. Leonardo da Vinci produced detailed studies of the flight of birds. including a helicopter powered by four men (which would not have worked since the body of the craft would have rotated) and a light hang glider which could have flown. Leonardo¶s Flying Machine Leonardo da Vinci .

just 30-130 nanometers 30long.2-0.Biomimicry Samples The Tokay gecko's unique toe pads enable it to climb vertical surfaces.2long. keratinous filaments called setae.5 nanometers 0. The Tokay gecko is easily climbing up and down the vertical surfaces . Gecko toes are covered with millions of fine. Each seta. branches into about 1000 spatula-shaped tips spatulaabout 0.

When compressed. Molecules in these spatular tips are attracted to molecules in the surface. The millions of setae essentially form a "carpet" of fibrils. Gecko Like Artifact Setae . compression. surface.Gecko Like Adhisive Interface Setae are particularly effective at creating and maintaining adhesive interfaces. the individual fibrils buckle--much like a buckle--much plastic solid under compression.

. and adhesives manufacturing.Gecko Based Technologies in Action Gecko toes and spider filament might inspire innovation in glue manufacturing. as well as in the construction and textiles industries. Sticking with gecko glue. industries.