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\bī än′ik\
Etymology : bi(o)- + (electr)onics
Function : adjective, noun

1: Bionic is the application of methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. The origin of the word 'bionic' is a matter of dispute. Some dictionaries, however, explain the word as being formed from "biology" + "electronics"
The transfer of technology between life forms and synthetic constructs is desirable because evolutionary pressure typically forces natural systems to become highly optimized and efficient. A classical example is the development of dirt- and water-repellent paint (coating) from the observation that the surface of the lotus flower plant is practically unsticky for anything (the lotus effect). Examples of bionics in engineering include the hulls of boats imitating the thick skin of dolphins; sonar, radar, and medical ultrasound imaging imitating the echolocation of bats.[1]

2: “Nature did it first and did it better"

2. missing reference

(juergen-weiss, 25/11/07)
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