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biology Archives - The Triz Journal

Biology – Lobarina scrobiculata

11/02/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Lobaria scrobiculata lichen is unique. Unlike the majority of lichen with green microalgae, which use environmental humidity to activate their photosynthesis, this species requires liquid water in symbiosis to activate the cyanobacteria living in it. This makes … Read More

Biology – Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae)

12/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers of Karlsruhe … Read More

Student’s Corner #8 – Bionics: Applications Of Biology’s Ideas In Technique

25/08/2006 |

Edited by Mrs. Leora C. Slocum (

On our previous Student’s Corners, we have already discovered several applications of biological effects, such as corrugation and the honeycomb, which increase the effectiveness of technology. Over time, scientists have developed the … Read More

Adaptive evolution in biology and technology: Why are parallels expected?

17/05/2003 |

By: Peter Kaplan

University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Introduction Since the beginnings of technology, inventors have sought to draw parallels between biological and technological designs. Among the flurry of such studies appearing in the … Read More

Integrating Knowledge From Biology Into The TRIZ Framework

20/10/2001 |

Darrell Mann Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY, UK Phone: +44 (1225) 826465 Fax: +44 (1225) 826928 E-mail:

“During WW1, the (Soviet) Navy started using hydrophones to listen and … Read More

TRIZ in Biology Teaching

03/09/2000 |

Julian FV Vincent, Centre for Biomimetics, The University of Reading, UK Darrell Mann, Industrial Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK, Phone: +44 (1225) 826465, Fax: +44 (1225) 826928


As an initial … Read More