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Bioinspiration: something for everyone.

Whitesides GM - Interface Focus (2015)

Bottom Line: 'Bioinspiration'-using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology-is a strategy that suggests new areas for research.Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics.It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry.

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Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology , Harvard University , Cambridge, MA 02138 , USA.

ABSTRACT
'Bioinspiration'-using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology-is a strategy that suggests new areas for research. Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics. It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry. Bioinspired research thus has the potential to be accessible to laboratories that have limited resources, to offer routes to new and useful function, and to bridge differences in technical and cultural interactions of different geographical regions.

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Biology seamlessly blends chemical and mechanical systems to make complex tasks—such as picking up an apple, and eating it—seem elegantly simple. Biological systems thus have an enormous amount to teach about the way in which complex subsystems combine to yield simple, reliable, functions.
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RSFS20150031F2: Biology seamlessly blends chemical and mechanical systems to make complex tasks—such as picking up an apple, and eating it—seem elegantly simple. Biological systems thus have an enormous amount to teach about the way in which complex subsystems combine to yield simple, reliable, functions.

Mentions: Many biological systems are marked by elegance in design; complex mechanisms and structures blend to become apparently simple functions. Picking up an apple, and eating it, seems so functionally simple that it barely warrants thought. Examined in detail, however, picking up and eating an apple consists of a network of systems of extraordinary complexity, operating in sequence and in parallel, often almost invisibly (figure 2). Biology has an enormous amount to teach about the integration of complex subsystems into simple, reliable, functions.Figure 2.


Bioinspiration: something for everyone.

Whitesides GM - Interface Focus (2015)

Biology seamlessly blends chemical and mechanical systems to make complex tasks—such as picking up an apple, and eating it—seem elegantly simple. Biological systems thus have an enormous amount to teach about the way in which complex subsystems combine to yield simple, reliable, functions.
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RSFS20150031F2: Biology seamlessly blends chemical and mechanical systems to make complex tasks—such as picking up an apple, and eating it—seem elegantly simple. Biological systems thus have an enormous amount to teach about the way in which complex subsystems combine to yield simple, reliable, functions.
Mentions: Many biological systems are marked by elegance in design; complex mechanisms and structures blend to become apparently simple functions. Picking up an apple, and eating it, seems so functionally simple that it barely warrants thought. Examined in detail, however, picking up and eating an apple consists of a network of systems of extraordinary complexity, operating in sequence and in parallel, often almost invisibly (figure 2). Biology has an enormous amount to teach about the integration of complex subsystems into simple, reliable, functions.Figure 2.

Bottom Line: 'Bioinspiration'-using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology-is a strategy that suggests new areas for research.Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics.It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology , Harvard University , Cambridge, MA 02138 , USA.

ABSTRACT
'Bioinspiration'-using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology-is a strategy that suggests new areas for research. Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics. It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry. Bioinspired research thus has the potential to be accessible to laboratories that have limited resources, to offer routes to new and useful function, and to bridge differences in technical and cultural interactions of different geographical regions.

No MeSH data available.