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Killers or life savers?
Could a fearsome underwater creature hold the key to preventing deadly infections in humans?
Today, CBS Sunday Morning
ran a promo for the PBS "Nova" series, "Making Stuff,"
which this week explores how everyone from medical technologists to swimsuit designers are scrutinizing sharks for design ideas. Turns out sharkskin has an amazing natural design that repels microbes—and it’s a design that can be manufactured and used to save lives in germ-ridden hospitals, for instance. Read the CBS overview article here
Of course, this isn’t news to Janine Benyus
, founder of the Biomimicry Institute, which promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, and one of the Glimmerati in my book. As she says in my chapter “Embrace Constraints,” creative businesses every day should be asking, “What in the natural world is already doing what I’m trying to do?” Her website offers pages of designs from nature that we would be smart to emulate (and market). For instance, see her thought-provoking page on sharks
. Also visit the related AskNature.org
site, where you can get the answer to “How would nature…”
for just about any topic.
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