My editor passed along an interesting article to me this morning.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created an artificial leaf that uses solar cells to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, while creating energy in the process. Daniel Nocera, who lead the research, says the leaf shows promise for providing inexpensive energy to the poor in developing countries.
This just made me think about all the innovations that have been naturally inspired. Velcro was designed by Swiss Engineer George de Mestral in 1940 after he observed how the hooks of the plant burrs stuck in his pants and dog's fur.
The structure of a tree inspired the structure of cathedrals and other buildings. And suckers on an octopus's tentacles have inspired suction cups.
How important do you think it is to look to nature for innovation? Are we looking enough?