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Biomimicry by Mind Map: Biomimicry

1. Handle waste

1.1. Waste Management is mimicking the way that natural systems reuse all materials. In nature, there's no such thing as garbage, because every molecule goes through multiple configurations in multiple organisms. When a tree falls, a community of organisms breaks down the tree's chemical compounds into other compounds and individual molecules, which are then used in other organisms. Everything is used, and there is no waste.http://www.asknature.org/product/fc4d0678aa5aba1b8195ec177bcaafce

1.1.1. By using a system based on the human body's kidneys - the ultimate in water recycling technology - Singapore and Orange County, CA have developed schemes that will use a dual membrane process to recycle domestic waste water to levels that approach the quality of distilled water. http://www.asknature.org/strategy/8daa84f58ba5cba82c7bb74d95c4dba8#.Uwul6vRdXeM

1.2. Natural formation of amorphous silica materials in diatoms is directed by myriad organelles, enzymes, tubule scaffolds, and other elements curently beyond the capacity of science to reproduce. Mimicking the principle behind the use of amorphous silica to protect biomolecules is however within reach and will lead to the development of new kinds of pharmaceutical vectors and biotechnology.http://www.asknature.org/product/7c33388961d6174e1ffb19fb2fc4ccdd

2. Use Sight

2.1. Ornilux is an insulated glass sheeting made by Arnold Gals, a Germany-based company, which is designed to reduce the causes of bird collisions. It uses a special ultraviolet-reflective coating that appears almost transparent to humans, but is clearly visible to birds, because they can see a broader UV spectrum than humans .http://www.asknature.org/product/077e9d44e8e12f039458729f8de1ada9

2.2. The Strait Power turbine has a double converging nozzle, an opening within an opening. Water enters through both openings, and water entering through the second opening creates a pressure differential that draws water through to produce more energy. The technology is patent-pending, and founder Anthony Reale has filed for 5 potential applications ranging from portable devices, to home installation, to high powered commercial generator applications.http://www.asknature.org/search?query=use+sight&results_per_page=10&category=default&page=4

3. Recycle

3.1. "Disease outbreaks are certainly part of the natural cycle. Occurring periodically in virtually all populations, they can weed out less fit or vigorous individuals, recycle essential nutrients, influence the mix of species and the direction and pace of successional change in a community. http://www.asknature.org/strategy/9235e6ea113ad72ed86b51c64fb5ed86#.Uwu2JvRdXeM

3.2. Waste Management is mimicking the way that natural systems reuse all materials. In nature, there's no such thing as garbage, because every molecule goes through multiple configurations in multiple organisms. When a tree falls, a community of organisms breaks down the tree's chemical compounds into other compounds and individual molecules, which are then used in other organisms. Everything is used, and there is no waste. http://www.asknature.org/product/fc4d0678aa5aba1b8195ec177bcaafce

3.3. The ant-plants, provide even more lavish accomodation for their ant-lodgers. They are epiphytes, and are very common growing on the branches of mangroves. In such a position, without roots in the ground, they are in particular need of mineral nutrients. Their guests provide it. The ant-plant's stem is swollen into a globe the size of a football and armoured on the outside by prickles. Ants swarm all over it, scurrying in and out of holes on the surface. Within, there are a number of large interconnected chambers. Some are the ants' living quarters. There the queen sits, steadily producing her eggs, and there too are the nurseries where the young larvae are kept and reared. .http://www.asknature.org/strategy/353225538ceb82da183d6c0938eef61b#.Uwv-mPRdXeM

4. adapt climates

4.1. When planning to construct a new building or apply a new technology, creators may mimic the way a plant invests its energy when creating a leaf. Each design must be adapted to the place in which it is planned to be implemented. A building that will experience low-intensity change in technology may require more investment early on so that it may last a longer time in its environment. In competitive technological fields where research advances daily (such as solar panal design), however, less initial investment may be needed because once the technology is in place for use it will likely be replaced by another technology that does the job more efficiently. Thus, by turning to nature for example, we can fit form to function and effectively manage the returns on investments in the most efficient way possible.http://www.asknature.org/strategy/3e954b58c97a0e3b79e5a77c7d8f5ed5

4.2. Patterning seeds in spirals of Fibonacci numbers allows for the maximum number of seeds on a seed head, packed uniformly, with no crowding at the center and no 'bald patches' at the edges. In other words, the sunflower has found optimal space utilization for its seed head. The Fibonacci sequence works so well for the sunflower because of one key characteristic—growth. On a sunflower seed head, the individual seeds grow and the center of the seed head continues to add new seeds, pushing those at the periphery outwards. Following the Fibonacci sequence ensures growth on the same terms indefinitely.http://www.asknature.org/strategy/08ba894a508330861bac3ef1b574d804#.Uwv_K_RdXeM

4.3. Consider shapes that satisfy the following set of conditions. To provide both support and protection for the organism, the shape must be a hollow one, but an opening must exist somewhere. Growth can occur only by addition to the inner surface or the free edge. And the shape should change only minimally as it grows. A cubic shell with an open face won't work: addition to walls will give more shell relative to its contained volume, and addition to cylinder doesn't meet the conditions--addition to the edge will move it from short and fat to long and (relatively) thin. What will work are cones, whether circular or elliptical. Add to the edge and thicken the walls and one gets a bigger cone, isometric with the original. With only slight variations of the condition of isometry, all sorts of wild derivatives of cones are possible--and these latter are the shapes in which shelled mollusks occur.http://www.asknature.org/strategy/540fc5992a4f793696fc0c9aa8cc78aa#.Uwv_bfRdXeM