Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions?

Weekend before last, the nation enjoyed that great American institution, the Super Bowl, which our friend Kasey observed by getting her own minor concussion during a unscheduled encounter with a marble breakfast bar. In fact, she wasn’t even watching the game, but lacing up her shoes to hike Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. Her injury, however is one that football players both young […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Biomimicry in Action, Birds, Shark Bites|Comments Off on Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions?

The Beginner’s Guide to … Fibonacci

My wife Francesca has suggested that I’m a Bookaholic, but I think that’s a bit extreme. (I can quit anytime I want to …) I do have a lot of books and keep multiple copies of certain favorites so that I can share them with people I meet who I think would enjoy the content. Janine’s book, Biomimicry,  is in this group—I […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Flowers and plants, Shark Bites|Comments Off on The Beginner’s Guide to … Fibonacci

In praise of a fascinating fungi-phile

In my last blog, I shared some content from The Shark’s Paintbrush about fungi—now let me introduce you to the remarkable mycologist who shared his knowledge of these underappreciated organisms.

Paul Stamets is a colorful, bearded, man of the forest. The first time I met him he was wearing a dapper felt hat—that turned out to be made from mushroom fiber. This deeply knowledgeable, passionate […]

By |October 13th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites, Uncategorized|Comments Off on In praise of a fascinating fungi-phile

In Praise of Fungi

September is National Mushroom Month!

93 Bouquet of mushroomsYou may have heard that the DNA of fungus is more closely related to human DNA than to that of plants. Did you know that the world’s largest, and probably oldest, living organism is a fungus colony living under the Malheur National Forest in Oregon? It has […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Shark Bites|Comments Off on In Praise of Fungi

What’s that on your face? Bio-inspiration and safe cosmetics

It’s surprising how cavalier we humans can be about our own safety.  Many of the products we use daily on our bodies include chemicals that are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. As the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  (a coalition working under the aegis of the Breast Cancer Fund) points out, we’re not just talking about things like lipstick.  Shampoo, […]

By |August 25th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on What’s that on your face? Bio-inspiration and safe cosmetics

Young Biomimics

It’s so inspiring to see young people addressing the challenges and opportunities of designing cleaner, more sustainable products and technologies—nowhere more so than with the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Facilitated by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, the Challenge aims to promote the exploration of innovative, bio-inspired designs among college students. The challenge topic is announced in the fall, giving students nearly […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites, Technology|Comments Off on Young Biomimics

Out and about

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer! I’m heading to Australia at the end of July to visit my hometown of Perth, and also to speak at the Colourways Trend Workshop in St. Kilda.  Back to California for a week and then off to the Ashland Green and Wild festival, hosted by my publisher, White Cloud Press. This […]

By |June 23rd, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on Out and about

Paperback Writer

For those of you like my friend and colleague, Kasey Arnold-Ince, who prefer a paperback to a hardcover because (as she says), “It’s easier to stuff into my purse for reading when I’m waiting in line …” there’s good news: the paperback edition of The Shark’s Paintbrush is slated to release in […]

By |May 26th, 2014|Shark Bites|Comments Off on Paperback Writer

Shouldn’t be able to …

I ran across this article in an Australian publication, Business Insider, about the new “RoboClam, […]

By |May 12th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Sea life, Shark Bites, Technology|Comments Off on Shouldn’t be able to …

Heat, beat, and treat—or maybe not

Most of our environmental and economic problems result from an out–of–date way of doing business. Industry has continued to depend on the same old “heat, beat, and treat” methods that were mechanized in the industrial revolution, but these methods simply aren’t sustainable. Nature, on the other hand, constantly evolves, survives, and thrives, while not using up or endangering its base resources. It reinvents itself, […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Shark Bites, Technology|Comments Off on Heat, beat, and treat—or maybe not