Biomimicry Inventions Inspired by Nature

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Biomimicry Inventions Inspired by Nature
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8+
Release Date
August 01, 2011
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978-1554534678
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Biomimicry examines the extraordinary innovations of the natural world and the human inventions they have inspired. Readers will learn about marvels such as high-performance swimsuits modeled after sharkskin and the sleek front ends of Japanese bullet trains based on the long, streamlined beak of the kingfisher. There's also plenty about what glimmers on the horizon: A Brazilian beetle may be key to developing computers that run on light, and the gecko's humble foot may hold the secret to revolutionizing the way surgical wounds are closed. Best of all, nature's inventions are lean, green machines that are self-sustaining and generate zero waste -- yet another cue humans are taking from the natural world. Astounding facts, easy-to-understand prose and luminous illustrations bring the wonders of nature into the science lab.

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Fascinating look into nature
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This book takes an informative and interesting look into nature and how we mimic it. Afterall, most of our "inventions" are modeled after nature! From the airplane to sonar, nature has helped us come up with some pretty cool inventions.

This book is aimed at older children, and I think even an 8 year old might have trouble following it without adult help. The book is very informative and I learned a great deal from it! I'm not what you would call "a science girl", it has always confused me, but this book puts it in ways that were easy for me to understand. I haven't shared this book with my two boys (ages 6 and 4) yet because I think it will go right over their heads, but I look forward to sharing it with them when they are a bit older.

This book has great illustrations that go along with the pages. And the topics include smart structures in nature to computing nature's way. This book is sure to please the young science enthusiasts and is a great addition to any classroom in the upper elementary grades!
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