From birds that can fly for months on end to giant redwoods stretching hundreds of feet into the air, the natural world inspires awe and wonder.
For thousands of years, humanity’s appreciation of nature has led to countless works of literature, art, and even innovations in design and engineering.
Examples of the latter include the long, pointy nose of the 500 Series Shinkansen trains used in Japan.
Inspired by the beak of the kingfisher, the high-speed train’s elongated tip was designed to, among other things, stop the loud noise — described by many as a “boom” — that would occur each time it passed through a tunnel at speed.
The above tweak can be described as a form of biomimicry….