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Bionic - an approach for determining the aim, the method used and the solution to a problem or opportunity. Nature, with its great variety of efficient structures, is suitable as a source for the stimulation of possible ecologically sound and ergonomic solutions to problems and opportunities.
Examples in nature can become a creative element within the process of producing a solution to a problem. The rules of biological evolution can be used both for determining the aims and the principles of the functions of structures and organisations as well as providing a model for determining solutions. The Bionic approach, learning from nature, is being used in a number of subject areas in addition to technology. The approach is seen as reducing the gap between the man made world and nature. The bionic approach helps to link the mathematical approach of engineering with the aesthetic forms of nature. Examples are included which show how technological solutions were developed based on analogies, or models, of biological systems.