Biomimicry may be the next stage of industrial revolution

08/18/2013 | Wired.co.uk (U.K.)

Despite centuries of industrial progress, nature continues to top science and technology by many measures, writes Liat Clark. Now engineers, scientists and designers say biomimicry may be the next big industrial stage, with plants and even insects recruited to produce the materials and finished products of the future. Population growth and a finite supply of natural resources "will force society to develop new methods and strategies to produce larger quantities of materials at a faster pace to meet the demands of the world," says Craig Vierra, professor and assistant chair in Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific. "We simply must find more cost-efficient methods to manufacture materials that are non-toxic."

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