Mother Nature: what can she do for moms?
Biomimicry is such a fun word to say. Here's its definition: "Biologically inspired engineering."
What it means is to look to nature to solve our most vexing problems. And even if the word is new to you, the concept isn't. Just think about Velcro. It was created after a dog owner noticed how tenaciously burrs stuck to his pet's fur. He then mimicked the hook and loop pattern on opposing fabrics and voila -- instant inventorship and mogulhood.
So of course I can't help wondering what problems mom face that Mother Nature can solve. Here are some things on the horizon:
- No more cleaning showers, thanks to a sealant modeled after the lotus plant which naturally repels water
- No more birds dive-bombing windows, thanks to an invisible (to the human eye) spider web pattern built into the glass
- No more toxic textiles, thanks to fabrics using optical illusions to create hues, thanks to the peacock -- a completely brown bird whose colors are the result of light scattering off melanin rods
I suspect nature's lessons can be behavioral, too. Watch a single episode of Animal Planet and you'll notice every mother -- no matter the species -- tossing her young into the wild, forcing them to figure it out. Perhaps it's time we humans stopped driving our kids two blocks to school and started letting them fix their own lunches.
*Image by John Rooney