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Biomimicry

From: Sarah Lilley
Length: 06:25

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Designers, engineers and corporations around the world have begun seriously to study Evolution's most successful problem-solving strategies in nature, figuring that a track record of billions of years in development must be worth something. Read the full description.
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Biomimicry
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Sarah Lilley

Nautilus_small Designers, engineers and corporations around the world have begun seriously to study Evolution's most successful problem-solving strategies in nature, figuring that a track record of billions of years in development must be worth something.

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Piece Description

Broadcast History

Aired on PRI's "Studio 360" on May 9, 2008.

Transcript

SARAH LILLEY: Janine Benyus has been the prophet of Biomimicry for years. She first wrote a book about it over a decade ago, when nobody had heard of it.

JANINE BENYUS: Mostly I was talking about research that was going on in the lab: I was talking about people who are studying leaves to come up with a new kind of solar cell, or studying the way spiders make their silk in water and without toxins and without heat. And to my surprise, companies started to call and say "listen, this is amazing. We're inventing every day and we would love to do bio-inspired design, but we don't know any biologists. Could you send some over?".

SL: Benyus did send some over. She founded the Biomimicry Guild in 1998. It's a group of consulting biologists whose commercial and industrial clients have included some pretty big fish. There's Nike, General Electric, Kraft, Herman Miller -- the list goes...
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Timing and Cues

Piece is 5:55 in length, with a 30-second music tail for fadeout/outro by individual stations.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Designers, engineers and corporations around the world have begun seriously to study evolution's most successful problem-solving strategies in nature, figuring that a track record of billions of years in development must be worth something. Producer Sarah Lilley wanted to know what.

OUTRO:

You can learn more about Janine Benyus's work at biomimicry.net.

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Related Website

http://www.biomimicry.net