The Petri Dish - April 5
Presented by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
The Cabaret at Camp Bar
Pay What You Can, $5 minimum
A different kind of science event. No Powerpoints. Just live music, trivia and lots
Taking cues from nature to design solutions to big challenges and drive innovation
Design inspired by biology is nothing new. Think Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines.” Or consider Velcro, an oft-cited example of “biomimicry,” which copies the clinging prowess of burrs. From sonar (bats) to nanowires (bacteria) to polyurethane swimsuits (shark skin), the list inventions premised on emulating patterns and processes that already exist in nature is long and getting longer. What’s new is the scale and complexity of the problems. Explore the bio-based approach informing innovative applications in far-flung fields from medicine to robotics and beyond.
Moderator: Limnologist Jim Cotner