Podcast: SciCafe—Technology Inspired by Nature with Tak-Sing Wong

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A carnivorous pitcher plant hangs amongst lush green leaves

What does a carnivorous plant have in common with the design for a water-saving toilet? What about a hungry cell with surgical equipment? It may be surprising to learn that engineers still turn to the natural world for inspiration. For Tak-Sing Wong, a professor of engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, nature is a constant source of inspiration. In our November SciCafe, Wong introduces two cutting-edge technologies that have been directly modeled after natural phenomena. 

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This SciCafe included many video demonstrations of Dr. Wong's research and technologies. Watch the video version here:

This SciCafe took place on November 7, 2018. 

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SciCafe: Engineering Technologies Inspired by Nature and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).