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Published on Dec 2, 2011
Richard Baraniuk believes the animal kingdom has a lot to teach, not just to scientists who are looking to understand, but also to engineers who are looking to create. Baraniuk, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, is helping to develop new materials for defense purposes -- inspired by the skin of sea creatures, such as squid, that can camouflage themselves underwater. This interview is part of a special EarthSky series, Biomimicry: Nature of Innovation, produced in partnership with Fast Company and sponsored by Dow.