Nature Equals Future Season 1

  • Design, Sustainability
  • 2016

From nature to high-tech, there’s only one tiny step. Let’s take that step with Nature = Future, a series that is all about scientific knowledge and the wonders of nature. We discover how scientists reproduce these unique properties from the living world to give us a future that will be more intelligent and more sustainable through design.

Episodes

Episode 1. Well Oriented Ants

Who knows that the GPS in our cars uses complex algorithms based on the behavior and movement of ants ? The Animal optimization systems are, in fact, new models to solve mathematical problems.

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Episode 2. A Biomimicry Carpet

Inspired by the random soil patterns and by the adhesive systems from the living world, Interface has designed more sustainable carpet tiles with an economy of materials and adhesion without glue.

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Episode 3. The King Penguin and the Bacteria

The discovery, in the intestines of the king penguin, of an antimicrobial protein that allows it to store food, is a new opportunity to fight against bacteria.

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Episode 4. Monkeys and plants

The study of self-medication of great apes, ie their knowledge of healing plants, allows us to discover new active molecules against human diseases.

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Episode 5. At the Heart of the Cell

By copying both viruses and carriers of cholesterol found in the blood, very small nanocarriers of drugs can be designed to treat cancer cells.

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Episode 6. A Bio-inspired Glue

Inspired by the hydrophobic properties of animals such as marine worm, researchers have developed a unique medical glue that adheres inside the body and reduces impact of invasive surgeries.

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Episode 7. The Cricket’s Air Blows

By reproducing the ultra fast mode of information flow developed by the hairs of cricket, high-performance micro electronic sensors are developed for technological or medical purposes.

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Episode 8. The Glass of the Diatoms

On the model of diatoms, cellular microorganisms surrounded by a glass hull in the water, we are now able to manufacture a variety of materials, at room temperature, very useful for many industrial and medical applications.

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Episode 9. The Miracle Tree

Thanks to the properties of oxalogenic trees, which convert CO2 into limestone, CO2 can be sequestered while putting in place a sustainable agroforestry in developing countries.

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Episode 10. A More Human Motor

The various respiratory metabolisms of man during sports performance is an inspiration to design hybrid car engines that emit less CO2.

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Episode 11. A Natural Light

Using chemical principles of natural bioluminescence of fish bacteria is the promise of an innovative lighting, without electricity, more efficient and nontoxic.

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Episode 12. A Peach Against the Pain

It has been discovered that the component which gives to the African Peach its painkiller properties, is a natural molecule identical at 100 % to a well-known synthetic molecule. This will treat local people and help discovering new active components.

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Episode 13. Marine Arteries

It is possible to make veins and arteries of small diameter based on seaweed polymers whose properties are ideally suited to treat patients with cardiovascular diseases.

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Episode 14. Wings in Our Cities

Insects or butterflies can fly by optimizing the use of energy. By adapting the shape and the flapping of their wings on wind turbines, we can recover energy from the wind even in urban areas.

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Episode 15. Enzymes full of energy

Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, researchers have developed a new catalyst for producing hydrogen from water. This is the promise of an entirely new energy, clean and sustainable.

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Episode 16. Like a fish in water

The company Eel Energy has designed an innovative tidal turbine that works with same ripple as the fish. It helps produce energy in any aquatic environment : oceans or rivers, even with low currents.

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Episode 18. Plants for Green Chemistry

Some rare plants have the ability to decontaminate soil. Extracting natural chemicals from these species brings new efficient and ecological catalysts for industry. This is the revolution of green chemistry.

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Episode 19. Well Muscled Bear

By studying the molecular metabolism of bears during hibernation, researchers discovered the reason for their muscle protein preservation. These results help fighting against human muscle atrophy.

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Episode 20. Restorative Bacteria

Regenerative medicine uses innovative molecules from bacteria found in the seabed. These polysaccharides can form a hydrogel, ideal for bone’s and cartilage’s reconstruction.

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Episode 21. The Very Greedy Termites

The digestion process in termites is the most powerful methanation process known in the animal world. They can help us increasing the yields of human waste transformation into biogas.

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Episode 22. A Natural Kettle

Design an everyday object that spends more less energy because it’s based on natural insulation and optimization from the toucan, from the nautilus, from the polar bear and from the termite mounds.

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Episode 23. The Spider is a Chief Engineer

The study of unique molecular composition of spider silk inspires new materials useful to industry and medicine.

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Episode 24. The Libellule’s Area

Based on the principle of wetlands, the company Suez has designed, downstream of sewage treatment plants, natural areas to better filtrate micropolluants in water.

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Episode 25. A More Natural Farming

Natural ecosystems optimize interactions between species. One can develop a manual, productive and sustainable farming, that respects the soil, without pesticides or hydrocarbons.

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Episode 26. Mushrooms Cleaners

It is possible to imitate the extraordinary capacity of mushroom mycelium to depollute soils and assemble new biomaterials.

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Episode 27. A solar Butterfly

Why not adapt the strategy of the Morpho butterfly, whose wings can absorb heat by radiation, to make photovoltaic panels more resistant to very high temperatures in the desert?

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Episode 28. The Lotus and the Fakir

Saint-Gobain studies the super hydrophobic properties of the lotus leaf to develop new industrial and sustainable materials.

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Episode 29. The Energy of the Bees

Foraging bees know perfectly how to manage their ‘fuel’. On this principle, the company Pole-N has created a sustainable energy model that generates a circular economy.

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Episode 30. The Denticules of the Sea

By copying the structure of shark skin, composed of dermal denticles, the American company Sharklet manufactures antibacterial coatings to reduce nosocomial diseases.

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