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Professor Autumn discusses biomimicry on PBS

February 02, 2011

  • Professor Kellar Autumn working with students

Biology-Psychology Hall

Kellar Autumn, professor of biology and department chair, discussed bio-inspired innovation on an episode of Nova, which aired on PBS on February 9.

Autumn is an expert in biomaterials and biomechanics. His discovery of the mechanism of adhesion in geckos has received worldwide attention and led to the invention of novel nanostructured adhesives.

The Nova episode, “Making Stuff: Smarter,” focuses on scientists who are turning to nature in developing a new generation of materials. New York Times technology reporter David Pogue hosts the four-part “Making Stuff” series, which explores materials that will shape our feature. View the episode below.


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