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AskNature provides innovators with the world’s most comprehensive catalog of nature’s solutions to human design challenges. This curated online library, built by and for the community, features free information on natural phenomena and hundreds of bio-inspired applications. AskNature helps innovators understand how nature's adaptations work, empowering them to mimic ideas that have evolved to thrive in balance with Earth’s complex systems to solve human challenges. Since its launch in 2008, AskNature has attracted more than 1.9 million students, educators, and professionals spanning fields across design, engineering, science, and business. These users include everyone from research biologists documenting new natural phenomena, to product designers focused on structure and behavior, to materials scientists exploring nano- and micro-scale protein synthesis, to entrepreneurs thinking about relationships and whole systems. They all rely on AskNature for information to conduct research, inspire innovation, and teach biomimicry. AskNature is an initiative of the Biomimicry Institute, whose goal is to make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing. Last indexed April 17, 2015