Tonight in NYC: Janine Benyus at the Cooper Union

We're last minute on this one, but better late than never: "Janine Benyus, author of the fascinating book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, will be speaking at the Cooper Union tonight. Benyus writes about an emerging science that seeks sustainable solutions by mimicking nature's designs and processes, and is an incredible speaker. This free lecture will take place at The Great Hall at The Cooper Union: Tuesday May 9th, at 6:00 pm, 7 East 7th Street, at Third Avenue. No RSVP, just come early!"From the press release of the book:

Janine Benyus to Present BIOMIMICRY: Innovation Inspired by Nature

New York City—Renowned science writer Janine Benyus will speak about biomimicry, a new field of nature-based research and design, on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm at The Cooper Union's Great Hall.

What if solar cells captured the sun's energy as efficiently as leaves? If farms were as disease- and drought-resistant as prairies? In her landmark book Biomimicry, science writer Janine Benyus names an emerging science that finds innovative, sustainable solutions by learning from the natural world.

Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "valuable and stimulating," Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature explores how nature can serve as a model and inspiration for solving human problems. Biomimicry treats nature as a mentor with 3.8 billion years of design experience, rather than a resource to be exploited. Through her book, Benyus introduces the public to a fascinating new breed of scientists, doctors, engineers, and businesspeople who are discovering a world of ingenuity where ecology meets their respective disciplines.

Widely known and respected in the world of sustainable design, Benyus has described how humans can analyze and adapt nature's best ideas: spider silk that is five times stronger than steel, termite mounds designed for thermoregulation, abalone shells fabricated underwater without needing high temperatures or toxic chemicals. Biomimicry not only gives us new ideas, but also points the way to a sustainable future. Benyus' talk will describe nature-based innovations that will change the way we grow food, make materials, harness energy, heal ourselves, store information, and conduct business.

Bank of America, United Technologies Corporation, The Cooper Union, and Cook+Fox Architects are pleased to present this program at The Cooper Union's Great Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Cooper Union's Events line at 212.353.4195.

The Cooper Union is located at 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue. Subways: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th St/NYU, B/D/F/V to Broadway Lafayette.

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