September 1, 2014

Closing in on the Dream of “Biomimicry”

Nature’s High Tech Factories “Natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet or mortgaging the future.” –Janine Benyus, “Biomimcry” (1997) In her 1997 book, biologist Janine Benyus speculated about a world where human manufacturers would unlock the secrets of spider silk and abalone shells to...
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Maybe It Was Made Out of Tyvek??

Old Wine in New Bottles Sneakers “There was an old woman Who lived in a shoe She had so many children She didn’t know what to do” –Mother Goose nursery rhyme From all appearances, the brainstorm came from an upstart shoe manufacturer, not Tyvek manufacturer DuPont. And at $8 million sales total since 2009, it’s...
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