7 Clever Technologies Inspired by Nature


The Invention of Velcro

The material was inspired by the way plant burrs stick to dog hair. In 1941, Swiss engineer George de Mestral observed the burrs under a microscope and noticed the plants could stick to fibers. The rest is history.


Sleek Shark Skin

Shark skin contains sleek scales that resemble tiny teeth and are made of a tough material called dentin. This skin could inspire armor tech and body suits for the armed forces and deep-sea divers.

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