Category Archives: Every day things

How seashells inspired ‘unbreakable’ glass

Researchers at McGill’s department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a new technique that increases the toughness of glass by a factor of 200. Led by Francois Barthelat and current postdoctoral researcher Mohammad Mirkhalaf, the research was inspired by seashells. Seashells are apparently the … Continue reading

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Shark inspired car

In the 1960’s the then head of styling and design at General Motors was Bill Mitchell who, having returned from a fishing trip having landed a mako shark, mounted his prize in his office and set out to build a concept car … Continue reading

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A New Design For Drawing Pins Made By Biomimicry

Invented more than a century ago in the UK, the simply designed drawing pin is hard to know how it could be improved… unless you stick a finger into a box of these pins to try to pick one out … Continue reading

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The Coolest Cases of Biomimicry – Velcro

The most famous example of biomimicry was the invention of Velcro brand fasteners. Invented in 1941 by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who took the idea from the burrs that stuck tenaciously to his dog’s hair. Under the microscope he … Continue reading

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