Nature = Future
From nature to high-tech, there's only one tiny step. Let's take that step with Nature = Future, a series that is all about scientific knowledge and the wonders of nature. We discover how scientists reproduce these unique properties from the living world to give us a future that will be more intelligent and more sustainable through design.
Well Oriented Ants
Who knows that the GPS in our cars uses complex algorithms based on the behavior and movement of ants ? The Animal optimization systems are, in fact, new models to solve mathematical problems.
A Biomimicry Carpet
Inspired by the random soil patterns and by the adhesive systems from the living world, Interface has designed more sustainable carpet tiles with an economy of materials and adhesion without glue.
The King Penguin and the Bacteria
The discovery, in the intestines of the king penguin, of an antimicrobial protein that allows it to store food, is a new opportunity to fight against bacteria.
Monkeys and plants
The study of self-medication of great apes, ie their knowledge of healing plants, allows us to discover new active molecules against human diseases.
At the Heart of the Cell
By copying both viruses and carriers of cholesterol found in the blood, very small nanocarriers of drugs can be designed to treat cancer cells.
A Bio-inspired Glue
Inspired by the hydrophobic properties of animals such as marine worm, researchers have developed a unique medical glue that adheres inside the body and reduces impact of invasive surgeries.
The Cricket’s Air Blows
By reproducing the ultra fast mode of information flow developed by the hairs of cricket, high-performance micro electronic sensors are developed for technological or medical purposes.
The Glass of the Diatoms
On the model of diatoms, cellular microorganisms surrounded by a glass hull in the water, we are now able to manufacture a variety of materials, at room temperature, very useful for many industrial and medical applications.
The Miracle Tree
Thanks to the properties of oxalogenic trees, which convert CO2 into limestone, CO2 can be sequestered while putting in place a sustainable agroforestry in developing countries.
A More Human Motor
The various respiratory metabolisms of man during sports performance is an inspiration to design hybrid car engines that emit less CO2.
A Natural Light
Using chemical principles of natural bioluminescence of fish bacteria is the promise of an innovative lighting, without electricity, more efficient and nontoxic.
A Peach Against the Pain
It has been discovered that the component which gives to the African Peach its painkiller properties, is a natural molecule identical at 100 % to a well-known synthetic molecule. This will treat local people and help discovering new active components.
It is possible to make veins and arteries of small diameter based on seaweed polymers whose properties are ideally suited to treat patients with cardiovascular diseases.
Wings in Our Cities
Insects or butterflies can fly by optimizing the use of energy. By adapting the shape and the flapping of their wings on wind turbines, we can recover energy from the wind even in urban areas.
Enzymes full of energy
Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, researchers have developed a new catalyst for producing hydrogen from water. This is the promise of an entirely new energy, clean and sustainable.
Like a fish in water
The company Eel Energy has designed an innovative tidal turbine that works with same ripple as the fish. It helps produce energy in any aquatic environment : oceans or rivers, even with low currents.
Plants for Green Chemistry
Some rare plants have the ability to decontaminate soil. Extracting natural chemicals from these species brings new efficient and ecological catalysts for industry. This is the revolution of green chemistry.
Well Muscled Bear
By studying the molecular metabolism of bears during hibernation, researchers discovered the reason for their muscle protein preservation. These results help fighting against human muscle atrophy.
Regenerative medicine uses innovative molecules from bacteria found in the seabed. These polysaccharides can form a hydrogel, ideal for bone's and cartilage's reconstruction.
The Very Greedy Termites
The digestion process in termites is the most powerful methanation process known in the animal world. They can help us increasing the yields of human waste transformation into biogas.
A Natural Kettle
Design an everyday object that spends more less energy because it’s based on natural insulation and optimization from the toucan, from the nautilus, from the polar bear and from the termite mounds.
The Spider is a Chief Engineer
The study of unique molecular composition of spider silk inspires new materials useful to industry and medicine.
The Libellule’s Area
Based on the principle of wetlands, the company Suez has designed, downstream of sewage treatment plants, natural areas to better filtrate micropolluants in water.
A More Natural Farming
Natural ecosystems optimize interactions between species. One can develop a manual, productive and sustainable farming, that respects the soil, without pesticides or hydrocarbons.