Biomimicry is what many inventors and researchers look to when they realize Mother Nature has the answers to all their technology and science-based problems.
How Are Birds and Bullet Trains the Same?
When a group of Japanese engineers was asked to redesign and upgrade the country’s bullet trains they looked to nature and found an amazing solution for their biggest problem: the noise.
To accomplish this, they studied a bird called the kingfisher and the way it hunts. The kingfisher’s long beak, which helps the bird avoid making splashes in the water that might frighten off potential prey, inspired changes that saw trains being faster with less electricity needed to power them.