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cnrs I international w 20 | Focus magazine From the flying machines dreamed up by Leonardo da Vinci after observing birds in motion to Velcro—inspired by the adhesive properties of burdock burrs—countless human creations have found their origin in nature. “Bioinspiration” is ubiquitous, influencing fields as diverse as robotics, chemistry, physics, and computer science. CNRS International Magazine gives an overview of its laboratories’ latest discoveries. a report by frédéric dessort and charline zeitoun A New Breed of Robots 21 i Life-Inspired Chemistry 23 i From Inspiration to Application 25 i robotics, chemistry, computer science... nature as a Model q The housefly’s eyesight inspired the design and structure of the visual sensors for the Octave flying robot (below). © h. raguet/cnrs photothèque ; n. franceschini/cnrs photothèque


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