Fla. tropical garden program shows how scientists learn problem-solving from nature

Problem: You want to build a building that stays cool in hot weather but doesn't use air conditioning.

Solution? Ask the termites, who have it all figured out.

That's the idea behind the science of biomimicry, and a new program being taught at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.

Using examples like the Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe, which is cooled naturally through a ventilation system modeled on those found in termite mounds, the program shows students how technology takes cues from nature

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