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POW-erful Design: Nature as Inspiration for Technology (fictional and real) by Stephen Thomas

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Stephen Thomas Stephen Thomas
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1.13 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 29, 2012
Date taken
Feb 02, 2010

This is an exhibit currently showing at the Michigan State University Museum. Leonardo da Vinci’s Ornithopter, a manned flying machine, may have been inspired by Greek mythology’s Icarus and his constructed wings. Or, the inspiration may simply have come from the birds outside of da Vinci’s window. In this exhibit, we explore biological inspiration and some of the fictional and real technologies based on nature.

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