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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Biological Strategy of Nature: Part 2

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Jess, thank you for your thoughts and insights into nature and how it has evolved to enhance and protect itself over time. We live in a magnificent ecosystem which if we just tap into its life we can enhance our own lives without disrupting everything around us.

Brilliant and informative post. Nature, such an unrivaled teacher.

Good story Jess, and yes we must always endeavor to preserve our ecosystem. Nature has so much to offer, we must just learn to look deeper and experience it.

This Part 2 is especially interesting Jess. It’s impressive how scientists are looking to nature to improve their designs, making them more efficient but also to replicate nature’s natural air conditioning by constructing the Fractal Shading. Perhaps next, engineers can develop insulation materials that can be used in mass quantities so houses and commercial buildings spend less on heating and a/c. Your Part 1 touched on this but I’m sure there are both man-made and natural materials that haven’t been tested for general use. Mud huts work well in some locations but the material isn’t suitable for larger applications. Thank you for continuing to open our eyes to the world around us.

Thank you for your excellent research and super informative post Jess. I always learn so much from posts like this, and this one is especially rich in content. And it gives me some degree of hope that our species might actually learn and benefit from nature rather than always trying to dominate and take advantage of nature.

These are some fascinating innovations. As a fair and light-eyed person I’m especially intrigued by the new sunscreen development. This gives me hope!

I’ve only just seen this, don’t know how I missed it – but thanks Jess for a brilliant post.

Great series of posts Jess… feel you really distilled the essence of the concept so well!
Look deep into nature, and you’ll understand everything better (Albert Einstein)

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