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    What's AskNature?

    AskNature is the world’s most comprehensive catalog of nature’s solutions to human design challenges. This curated online library features free information on more than 1,800 (and growing!) natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications. 

    Think of AskNature as your home habitat. Whether you're a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for life-friendly solutions to a design challenge or a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born. 

    What's Biomimicry?

    Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

    The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.



    Listen to Janine Benyus' two-minute explanation of biomimicry.


    Humans are clever, but without intending to, we have created massive sustainability problems for future generations. Fortunately, solutions to these global challenges are all around us.

    "A World of Solutions," narrated by Morgan Freeman and produced by Louie Schwartzberg, reminds us that a sustainable world already surrounds us. 
    "A World of Solutions,” narrated by Morgan Freeman and produced by Louie Schwartzberg, reminds us that a sustainable world already surrounds us.

    Why AskNature?

    AskNature helps innovators understand how nature's adaptations work, empowering them to mimic ideas that have evolved to thrive in balance with Earth’s complex systems. Using the Biomimicry Taxonomy, it aligns natural inspiration with human challenges.
     
    Since its launch in 2008, AskNature has attracted more than 1.9 million students, educators, and professionals spanning fields across design, engineering, science, and business. These users include everyone from product designers focused on structure and behavior, to materials scientists exploring nano- and micro-scale protein synthesis, to entrepreneurs thinking about relationships and whole systems, to research biologists documenting new natural phenomena. They all rely on AskNature for information to inspire innovation, conduct research, and teach biomimicry.
     
    AskNature is built by and for the community. It is an initiative of the Biomimicry Institute, whose goal is to make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing.