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Want to survive a hurricane? Think like a tree...

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What could possibly have allowed all but four live oak trees to survive hurricane Katrina? What characteristics enabled them to successfully weather the storm? Could humans learn some survival techniques from trees? Wired takes a closer look.

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Biomimicry, a relatively new an innovative approach to product design, is starting to become popular. Visit the Biomimicry Institute to find out more! Then watch this TED Talk: Biomimicry in action and Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers by Janine Benyus.

Read this Smithsonian Magazine article for more ideas about this new concept. What can we learn from a butterfly? Watch Biomimicry and Butterflies to find out. Then, watch this slideshow of fourteen inventions inspired by nature! Architects have even gotten into using nature as a guide for the design of buildings and roads. Watch this TED Talk and learn more!

Does this sound like something you might be interested in? Check out the annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and get moving! Take a look at some of the past winning designs here. Share the idea with your teacher and challenge your class to a biomimicry design contest. Use this toolbox to get started! Need some ideas of what to look for? Go to asknature.org!

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A challenge has been made: Find something in nature that you can use to create/design a product that would be useful to humans or alter the life of humans in a positive manner.
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