Biomimetics

Biomimetics expresses an attitude that does not regard nature and technology as contradictory, but focuses on how they influence each other. For that, solutions invented by nature over millions of years serve as ideas for modern, technical innovations and inventions.

Penguins, for instance, are a great source of inspiration. These birds’ wings have been converted to rudders. They are considered the animal kingdom’s best wing swimmers. In their natural environment, they cover up to 100 kilometres a day and achieve top speeds of more than seven metres a second when jumping from water. Thanks to the aerodynamic shape of its body, a penguin uses exceptionally little energy in this process. Engineers have used this knowledge to develop more efficient and environmentally friendly means of transport.

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