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Friday Funny: Inventions We Swiped from Nature

Many of our discoveries – from Velcro to spider webs – were inspired by the unusual physics in nature.

Take a look at these amazing inventions that were extrapolated from the world outside our doors. From muscle shell slime, we get bioadhesives. Sharkskin patterns – which repel bacteria – are mimicked to battle bacteria in hospitals.

Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 22 years, 19 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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