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Nature's Techno Tricks was voted a 2010 Storylines Notable Book in the non-fiction category, for authoritative, well-designed information books accessible to children and young adults. This book helps you discover some of nature's best designs and how they have inspired scientists and engineers.


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What have kingfishers got to do with Japan's 500 Series Shinkansen bullet train? And is Spiderman more like a spider or a gecko? And what does any of this have to do with Leonardo da Vinci? The answers all await you inside this great book Nature's Techno Tricks - Biomimetics: Science mimicking Nature.

Just like Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th and early 17th centuries, today's scientists and engineers are realising that nature holds the keys to some of the best ideas. Nature wastes nothing and uses minimal energy to get things done. This growing scientific field is called biomimetics; the study and application of designs found in nature in order to solve modern problems in engineering, materials, science, medicine and other fields.

Nature's Techno Tricks helps you discover some of nature's best designs and how they have inspired scientists and engineers to create things we use daily. Written by ex-school teacher Dee Pignéguy, this book is aimed at engaging children of all ages with nature and its designs that scientist are continually copying to make our modern lives easier.


About the Author:

Dee Pignéguy came to New Zealand from Canada in 1963 and trained as a primary school teacher. Her interest in nutrition, healthy food and nature developed as she grew up on a remote coastal property in British Columbia.

Her mother, Joan Donley engaged all her children in their self-sufficient lifestyle, growing fruit and vegetables, raising pigs, chickens, duck and goats and gathering shellfish at low tide.

Dee believes in localised food production, organic growing, practical hands on food growing and people empowerment. She has written the following books:

Grow Me Well - Nutritional Know How for Every Body
Nature’s Techno Tricks: Biomimetics-Science mimicking nature 
Gardening For Planet Earth


Dee is passionate about Biomimetics the science helping find sustainable ways to meet our needs by mimicking natural systems. Because we are living on a planet in crisis, saving the environment is no longer about future generations, it is about saving ourselves.

Dee believes that biomimetics can teach us how nature creates conditions beneficial to life providing a road map to sustainability.

Nature's Techno Tricks - Biomimetics: Science mimicking Nature - Dee Pigneguy

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