On board of a small catamaran on which an Austrian sailed around the world (he later lost his boat in the Pacific), I got to know the Galapagos Islands in 1971. I took the opportunity to study the adaptations of their amazing wildlife. It is always fascinating to discover the principles that nature realises in technical terms.

Energy bionics: bioanalogue energy systems

With its buzzing flight and annual migration route of over 2000 km, the pigeon tail [...]

Bioanalogue energy strategy

Freshwater has already become a strategic resource. Mangroves can desalinate sea water at ambient temperature [...]

Biomimetics of advance earthquake detection

Earthquakes are cruel. We have the opportunity to observe nature carefully in order to understand [...]

The use of ochre in the course of human evolution

Red iron oxide, ochre, characterises landscapes like the Namib Desert here and has fascinated people [...]

Fossil plants

When I was between 10 and 14 years old, I lived with my grandparents. My [...]

Bionics teaches creativity

Water is a source of life. Photosynthesis extracts hydrogen from it. Trees have learned to [...]

Algae in the surf of Patagonia

In Patagonia, in southern Chile, I witnessed how all the solid structures built by human [...]