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Biomimicry Institute Announces Winners of the 2024 Youth Design Challenge

Biomimicry Institute Announces Winners of the 2024 Youth Design Challenge

The 2024 Youth Design Challenge saw remarkable participation from across the world, with submissions from 11 countries diving into the biomimicry process under the guidance of dedicated educators and mentors. From tackling issues ranging from flooding to droughts, and microplastics to algal blooms, the YDC winners have offered unique, nature-inspired ideas to solve local design challenges.

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Why We Evolved Ray of Hope from a Prize to an Accelerator

Why We Evolved Ray of Hope from a Prize to an Accelerator

We know that to have a healthy and resilient ecosystem we need the entire system to work together. There cannot be one winner. The Ray of Hope Accelerator will support the technologies, industries, and people needed to help create a world that looks like and operates like a healthy and regenerative ecosystem. By learning from 3.8 billion years of evolution, we are confident that we can create a nature-positive world.

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The Bizarre Genius of a Brainless Blob

The Bizarre Genius of a Brainless Blob

It’s been a consultant for NASA, shot at by police and mistaken for an alien. How slime mold—a brainless, single-celled organism—mapped the dark universe, keeps challenging the top minds to rethink intelligence, and has an ability to fill us with wonder beyond the human kind.

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Watch a No-Brained Blob Think Out Loud

Watch a No-Brained Blob Think Out Loud

Slime mold’s oddities are balanced by behavior that is ultra-relatable—they are ruled by food! Case in point: A hungry individual is avoided more by its peers than a poisoned one. Humans are now looking to the hardwired programming that gets them fed ASAP to feed the next big innovation.

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Living World Intervention

Living World Intervention

The Biomimicry Institute hosts nature retreats as part of their Ray of Hope and Launchpad programs. It’s like summer camp for bio-inspired innovators. What Launchpad Program Manager Dave Hutchins came to understand while hosting our 2023 Launchpad cohort in Montana, is that these retreats are more like an intervention.

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