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Biomimicry: Observing and Learning from Nature’s Genius on July 11

Biomimicry is studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell, or a bird beak that inspires an efficient fast-speed train. The Natural History Institute in Prescott will be presenting “Biomimicry: Observing and Learning from Nature’s Genius” presented by Lily Urmann on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m., 126 N. Marina St. in Prescott.

Biomimicry is studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell, or a bird beak that inspires an efficient fast-speed train. The Natural History Institute in Prescott will be presenting “Biomimicry: Observing and Learning from Nature’s Genius” presented by Lily Urmann on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m., 126 N. Marina St. in Prescott.

The Natural History Institute in Prescott will be presenting “Biomimicry: Observing and Learning from Nature’s Genius” presented by Lily Urmann on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at 126 N. Marina St. in Prescott.

Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of life’s genius, and offers a new perspective for a sustainable future by asking the question: what lessons can we learn from the natural world? By observing organisms that survive in harsh environments like the desert, we can create more efficient and low-impact designs and technologies that work for instead of against life.

Biomimicry is studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell, or a bird beak that inspires an efficient fast-speed train.

The core of this new field is that nature has already solved many of the challenges we are currently facing: energy use, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, and more. Ultimately, biomimicry acknowledges that “life creates conditions conducive to life,” and we aim to integrate these lessons learned in our built world to be better neighbors on this planet.

Urmann will give specific examples of current desert-inspired biomimetic designs that have been developed and discuss how we can all become biomimics in our everyday lives.

Urmann is a graduate student in the Biomimicry Master’s program at Arizona State University where she is the program coordinator at the Biomimicry Center. Currently, she is helping to design and launch one of the first on-campus undergraduate certificates in biomimicry. http://biomimicry.asu.edu/

For more information, info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org, 928-863-3232 or naturalhistoryinstitute.org.

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