Biomimicry is the science of mimicking life. Have millions of years of evolution churned out all the answers?
This week Down to Earth explores how biologically-inspired engineering is changing the way we innovate.
From aircraft manufacturing to reproducing synthetic spider silk, research and development laboratories are turning to nature for solutions.
Proponents say the best recipes for innovation already exist and we just need to look around us.
Jean-Michel Niester, Ouest-France