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The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.

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Biomimicry design, explained with 99% Invisible. Check them out here: https://99percentinvisible.org/ Subscribe to our channel here: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often suffering from the phenomenon of "tunnel boom," where deafening compressed air would rush out of a tunnel after a train rushed in. But a moment of inspiration from engineer and birdwatcher Eiji Nakatsu led the system to be redesigned based on the aerodynamics of three species of birds. Nakatsu’s case is a fascinating example of biomimicry, the design movement pioneered by biologist and writer Janine Benyus. She's a co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit encouraging creators to discover how big challenges in design, engineering, and sustainability have often already been solved through 3.8 billion years of evolution on earth. We just have to go out and find them. This is one of a series of videos we're launching in partnership with 99% Invisible, an awesome podcast about design. 99% Invisible is a member of http://Radiotopia.fm Additional imagery from the Biodiversity Heritage Library: https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/ Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Jamel Clove (11 hours ago)
leiboda (1 day ago)
Who hired the graphic designer?
Silas Willoughby (1 day ago)
Does this not support Christianity? The God of the universe is the master architect.
Chris Tuason (1 day ago)
Isnt vox a guitar amp company?
Tony Webb (1 day ago)
Amazing story... thank you!!!!
hieu Cu (1 day ago)
the internet structure mimicked the spider web.
Raman (2 days ago)
to bad nature didn't put a trademark logo! ha.ha. Or did they?
Theodor Garvalov (2 days ago)
The world is made perfect by God! We are STILL copying HIS designs in our inventions!!! His are perfect! If you still think this is evolution and do not see His design, google what a "statistical impossibility" is !
BeautyHunter1986 (2 days ago)
Very interesting video and topic. Point to Remember, nature is from its creator. Now, Human are trying to step out of creator world who build all this nature, etc. Yet Human go back and rely on nature.
Zak Barakat (3 days ago)
"The world is poorly designed" ....no its not? its incredibly designed ...
Amar Sedani (3 days ago)
Is it a bird? Is it a train?
X6 64 (4 days ago)
Nature isn't designed. But organisms are. They are designed by evolution.
Thus Words (4 days ago)
Lol 😂 as Frank lloyd wright say study nature , love nature , stay close to nature it will never fails you.. thank you.
Srinivas Kari (5 days ago)
Cars communicating with each other wasn't inspired by ants. That was software engineers finding an elegant solution to a problem. This video does not appreciate the many designs that humans have built that are amazing - from the pyramids, the cathedrals of Europe, the aqueducts of Rome, the statues of Greece, the city squares during the renaissance, the skyscrapers, so many well designed buildings, industrial products, the computer, lots of software, Saturn V, the ISS etc
Yatukih001 (6 days ago)
Vox is poorly designed but the world is beautiful and is designed just perfectly...whether you believe in evolution or not.
Donovan Reimer (7 days ago)
Incredible presentation. Thanks so much for this!!
benjamin robertson (8 days ago)
Why does she sound exactly like mrs. incredible
Bradley De Souza (8 days ago)
God He is the ultimate creator, hence why everything works so perfectly and in harmony
johnny johnston (8 days ago)
So japanese train engineers never thought of aerodynamics when working on the train?
Shashank Kolluru (9 days ago)
Awesome mam...
Himanshu Singh (9 days ago)
We are not even 1% to the level of excellence with which mother nature works. Let's understand we can never make environment than what it is, but destruction is only because of us.
wilderness and me (9 days ago)
I thought I'm just about to see all about train designs.
Babs Barry (10 days ago)
I love the idea of this video. To talk about a relatively new and almost boring subject that most folks wouldn't want to watch, introduce it with something classy like a bullet train!
Alyson Charley (10 days ago)
Jake Abene (11 days ago)
She sounds like kate mckinnon
prazol schleiden (11 days ago)
Biomimicry is hella dope.
Karthik G (12 days ago)
Max Onym (12 days ago)
Nature got uncountable years of trying out the best possibilities, why don't take that innovations and use it? The woman is so right 😁
Kamna Jadhav (13 days ago)
This is such an interesting information. Thanks a lot for this
CommanderKyou (13 days ago)
5:13 Did she just fart? o_o'
Shoaib Mahmud (13 days ago)
wow !! loved it
Marco Debart (13 days ago)
The world is designed is perfectly. It's the human species however that doe'snt seem to harmonize with it.
Slimi Chady (14 days ago)
it's a great video to watch !! great work and impressive montage !! sooo good work and take the way
LunyLucky (14 days ago)
The guy at the end was cute I mean, we were all thinking it
Exolette (14 days ago)
I thought bullet trains were inspired by bullets. Meh...
Finn Manusia (15 days ago)
God is the Best Designer of all time!
HalfNelson 1973 (15 days ago)
Sonic boom? At 170 mph?
Destiny Trapper (16 days ago)
Nature should have a copyright
Christian Larsen (16 days ago)
The nature is designed, yes. Exactly!
Andy Jang (17 days ago)
Vox is definitely one of my favorite channels. I love the old newspaper look edits and the content. Super in-depth and easy to follow
A A (17 days ago)
the title doesn't make any sense, I think you mean society is poorly designed
Zach Trapper (18 days ago)
There is a bush outside my front door. Pollinating flies swarm the bush on hot days. There is a spider that sets his web in the middle of the bush. The spider also sets little tension sensory webs all over the bush. I watched the spider set the whole thing up, it took him about 20 min. Spiders are creepy but it's interest that they are the only other species besides humans that set elaborate traps to catch their prey. I think they also hunt even when they aren't hungry. interesting.
Baz Phillips (18 days ago)
The art and works of H R Giger. Your honour, I rest my case.
Merwyn Yu (19 days ago)
Too bad humans are killing to extinction at an alarming rate species that we can potentially learn from.
Rob Lopez (19 days ago)
Get your blow up doll here @t
Zed (20 days ago)
There I watched it You happy now YouTube?
Janak Atluri (21 days ago)
Well if you want to create technologies for space travel who should we learn from then
Chance Rice (21 days ago)
She sounds like Elastigirl
Pankaj Panda (22 days ago)
Excellent idea.
Taha Hadi (22 days ago)
Never looked at design like this before.
maouni bilel (23 days ago)
Bringing a biologist what about a philosopher and sociologist and sociologist and than the designer will take years to draw one line
Greed Unlimited (26 days ago)
5up3rR3dNinja_XI (27 days ago)
Mimicing a squirrel to squirrel girl
Galaxy potatoship (27 days ago)
I learned about biomimicry in zoo camp and they brought up all the same ideas and stuff
Mr.Nezla (27 days ago)
God got it right....Who knew?
Jace Jenkins (27 days ago)
Is it just me, or does Janine Benyus' sound a lot like Holly Hunters (A.K.A. Elastigirl)?
Luxus Häuser (28 days ago)
There's nothing "natural" about the natural world - it's all intelligently designed.
My dad designs stuff for a living and he came home one day saying he believes in God now and he'd been thinking about it for a few weeks. This is because he has had such a hard time at work designing something for a project and him and his team were getting nowhere it was giving him stress and all. He couldn't comprehend that the world was designed so perfectly by chance. And I also believe the same now.
jolllyroger1 (29 days ago)
They slip in a pic of Mike Obama.... Can't wait for the storm to end and all traces of that scum and killary to be blotted out.... This video is such bs cuz it only glazes the surface of how GOD INTELLIGENTLY DESIGNED THE UNIVERSE and did it in 6 days..... This woman is a mental midget in that she thinks her thoughts are new and unique.... Typical leftist liberal Idiots that only wish to force their ideas on others.... Even when their ideas are stupid and wrong
Actually god creates things with purpose, bless human with smart mind to think from creatures he has made. So we are taught by god indirectly. Some people are just ignorant.
Alpo Brand (30 days ago)
Gangster birds
Shompoo Sasangbong (30 days ago)
this is why we should protect nature T.T is thanks to the nature where we get our ideas from
Engr Waleed Khan (1 month ago)
Nature is awesome and designer as well... <3
MrTeraByte (1 month ago)
And still people think all this is just random. How can someone look at the perfect design of nature and think it was random??
first name surname (1 month ago)
enjoyed it
andre de (1 month ago)
Seems like an aerodinamic
Tyler Wong (1 month ago)
She sounds like elastigirl from The Incredibles XD
The History 360 (1 month ago)
helicopter like a sycamore leaf pod
Ishmael mukwevho (1 month ago)
Wars were won by militaries mimicking the animal kingdom yes?
dipro001 (1 month ago)
this is a life changing video. Thank you, Youtube.
Muffscruff (1 month ago)
Great Video
soul afriq (1 month ago)
where there is a product there is also waste.....thats the natural world ...
space (1 month ago)
Does this mean we're unoriginal?
Leo Denham (1 month ago)
her voice sounds like elastagirl
D'Man (1 month ago)
what an eye opener thank you
Ehsan B (1 month ago)
ubukatu (1 month ago)
God is the supreme designer. All human can do is copy the God's design
NonsenseFabricator (1 month ago)
Shame how many species are dying before we get a chance to even study them. Who knows how many solutions have been lost?
resurgamJoker (1 month ago)
This is so interesting. Is nature itself an efficient system?
Fishy (1 month ago)
She sounds like Elastagirl.
Mad Fik (1 month ago)
Ah you meant the 'human' world. Got it.
uri Mir (1 month ago)
So what happens when people take the wrong approach and assume that nature solves one problem but fails to take in. To affect the freedom that nature has none of its value systems are nowhere near to what god puts value on and that is the good of Humanity. And how intelligent beings are more adapted at creating a world based on the word rather then the Beast.
greg chapman (1 month ago)
its a simple concept, design in nature is near perfect due to thousands of years of evolution perfectly moulding said characteristic to survive more efficiently. we just need to match up our need with how nature achieves the same.
DBK (1 month ago)
Evolutionists told me we are badly designed.
Jessica Master (1 month ago)
I find the guy at the end pretty hot
jacob jacobs (1 month ago)
That lady sounds like Elastagirl
D G (1 month ago)
trial and error goes a long way when you have billions of years and efficiency in mind
Dr Moriarty (1 month ago)
"Sonic boom" from a train? Don't be absurd. The sonic boom phenomenon requires localized supersonic fluid stream velocities creating shock waves propagating outward, and this simply does NOT occur in the air flowing around and past a train. All sound, even when inaudible, derives from minute pressure wave gradients. This is all that happens in your high-speed-train tunnels.
Christen Smith (1 month ago)
Hard to believe life is just random. Everything has a purpose in nature.
Leo Warren (1 month ago)
Can we have more 99pi colabs?
trumpetperson11 (1 month ago)
Wait, she just casually mentioned paint that would clean your car in the rain. Why is this not already a thing? lol
jack steel (28 days ago)
Its more complicated than that and the video oversimplified in so many ways so that people who don't know anything about engineering think that engineers don't know anything about aerodynamics and more.
CroSs xD (1 month ago)
The biomimicry woman sounds like Mrs. Incredibles.
V12ish (1 month ago)
A sonic boom can only occur if the object is moving faster than the speed of sound. The top speed of this train is 170mph which is no match to the 767 MPH speed of sound. I know you guys tried the make this documentary sound dramatic has possible but you picked the wrong diction there. Just saying :) P.S. I think your videos are great. Keep it up
AlFour (1 month ago)
Humanity: Hey, can I copy your homework? Nature: Yeah, just don't make it look obvious. Humanity:
Abdirahman Isaac (1 month ago)
Awesome video
Arkaer (1 month ago)
This is one informative video from Vox
Joey Kozakiewicz (1 month ago)
She is famous and classed as smart for making a word that goes in the dictionary Remembers esskeetit is in the dictionary
EpicBandicoot (1 month ago)
You tryna tell me a Japanese dude invented aerodynamics in the 80s? Just google "1970 F1"...
Nikola Novkovic (1 month ago)
Manish Sharma (1 month ago)
Or you could just make some holes in that tunnel in order to reduce the sonic boom.

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