The world economy is undergoing a major transformation. Increased understanding ofthe inter-linkages between social policies (for example in housing, education, and health care) and fiscal policies is more important than ever.
Four joint United States and Japanese research teams have been awarded funding totaling about $12 million (about ¥960 million) under the new “Metabolomics for a Low Carbon Society” program, the first to be fully jointly coordinated by the two agencies
Increased use of renewable fuels by the US Department of Defense (DoD) contributes to US national security interests, achieves Service energy security goals, and offers some limited military utility, according to a new report released by DoD.
If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you're going to get a world that is more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, then you'll be better off.
Is there a danger of over-simplifying the concept of biomimicry–as in, “well, if it works in nature, it’s sure to work in the human world?”
Yes, I think so. Mankind hasn’t gotten close to replicating anything close to the simple complexity of nature. We most often see forms from nature being mimicked. For example, the bullet train mimics the dive of a kingfisher, a model of concept car mimics the shape of a box fish. Mirasol’s display technology [from Qualcomm] mimics the nanostructure of a butterfly’s wing. But rarely do we see a form that manages to use one function to achieve myriad results, as we often find in nature.
Rarely do we see a product made with a material that is non-toxic, recyclable, and manufactured at room temperature, under low pressure. If anything, the tendency has been to oversimplify how nature works. We often find that biomimetic innovators benefit from multiple positive outcomes stemming from greater efficiency, reduced toxicity, and the like, but not to the scale of most organisms in nature.
I would posit that the incremental approach is holding us back, and that we need more scientists and entrepreneurs to break the innovation barrier to use biomimicry in a more comprehensive and holistic manner.
The “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” warns that a warmer world will likely lead to disruptive changes in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events, such as wildfires, heat waves and cyclones.