Nature as Innovator

Why is nature such a good incubator for innovation? Because every living thing on the planet has overcome an incredible number of challenges in order to survive. Inspired by Earth’s biodiversity, scientists today are developing fascinating new technologies to solve tough problems and heal human beings. A robot mimics a wasp’s boring mechanism to drill precisely into the brain. The glue of the sandcastle worm inspires a surgical patch. Dung beetles mitigate methane release. Marine snail toxin leads to new medicines for pain and cancer. As biotechnologist and entrepreneur Jeff Karp puts it, “Evolution is the best problem-solver.” 

This project is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Podcast: SciCafe: Robots Inspired by Nature and Beyond

Podcast: SciCafe: Robots Inspired by Nature and Beyond

In the world of cutting-edge robot design, scientists are looking to biology and nature for inspiration.

Bioinspired: A conversation with Jeff Karp, biotechnologist and entrepreneur

Bioinspired: A conversation with Jeff Karp, biotechnologist and entrepreneur

Jeff Karp has built a career around really tough design challenges, using nature as his guide. 

SciCafe: Mending a Broken Heart

SciCafe: Mending a Broken Heart

In this podcast, Jeffrey Karp explains how scientists are drawing on inspiration from nature to solve medical problems.To enable screen reader support, press shortcut ⌘+Option+Z. To learn about keyboard shortcuts, press shortcut ⌘slash.

SciCafe: Mollusks to Medicine

SciCafe: Mollusks to Medicine

Mandë Holford discusses her research on predatory marine snails, the toxins they produce, and how those toxins are being used in the search for new medicines for pain and cancer.