Bioinspiration: something for everyone
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CitationWhitesides, George M. 2015. “Bioinspiration: something for everyone.” Interface Focus 5 (4): 20150031. doi:10.1098/rsfs.2015.0031. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2015.0031.
Abstract‘Bioinspiration’—using phenomena in biology to stimulate research in non-biological science and technology—is a strategy that suggests new areas for research. Beyond its potential to nucleate new ideas, bioinspiration has two other interesting characteristics. It can suggest subjects in research that are relatively simple technically; it can also lead to areas in which results can lead to useful function more directly than some of the more familiar areas now fashionable in chemistry. Bioinspired research thus has the potential to be accessible to laboratories that have limited resources, to offer routes to new and useful function, and to bridge differences in technical and cultural interactions of different geographical regions.
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