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5 Ways Biology Is Transforming Buildings (12:14)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 07:53 What is the problem with the way we currently produce cement? Why is there a pressing need for innovation in this field?
  2. 09:34 Researchers are using 3D-printed cement structures to mimic the layers in the front claw of the mantis shrimp. What is the advantage of using concrete with this structure?
  3. 09:51 Why does glass present a particular challenge for development?
  4. 11:09 Researchers are mimicking the overlapping pattern of fish scales to produce glass. What new techniques has this translated into?
  5. 11:27 Why is important to understand natural processes in the drive for innovation?