Recently I heard an exciting talk by biologist Dayna Baumeister, the co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild. Biomimicry, I found out, refers to the emulation of technologies used by living things for human applications. In their words: Biomimicry is the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from Nature.
Previous posts to this blog may be not easy to find. We present here a lightly annotated list of our "mini-essays" posted during the last year. Earlier, you could also find them under "Categories" in the right-hand column of the Web page. Now, the "Categories" can be found in the page footer (Some posts are listed in more than one category.)
by Merry & Elio
We are proud of our adaptive immune system, and rightfully so. Splendid is its ability to recognize and respond to foreign molecules — even ones never previously encountered in our evolutionary history. Central to this is our talent for generating antibodies and T-cell antigen receptors with many, many different specificities.
here’s more to fungi than just mushrooms. So begins the Executive Summary of a new colloquium from the American Academy of Microbiology entitled The Fungal Kingdom. Well! Speaking as a lover of mushrooms, why then did they adorn the pages of the report with attractive images of button mushrooms, chanterelles, morels, and sulfur tufts?