March 01, 2012      

What is alternately called biomimicry or bio-inspiration?across robotics and other industries?could represent $300 billion annually of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 dollars within 15 years, according to the Da Vinci Index, a biomimicry report developed by a consortium that includes San Diego Zoo Global, Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, and the University of San Diego.

Across land, air, and water, nature has evolved a smorgasbord of biological forms and functions, each o...

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