Introduction / Robert Allen -- Marine dynamics [chapter title: Marine biology] / Jeannette Yen -- Humanlike robots / Yoseph Bar-Cohen -- Underwater bioacoustics / Tomonari Akamatsu -- Cooperative behavior / Robert Allen -- Moving heat and fluids / Steven Vogel -- New materials and natural design / Julian Vincent. "Though they may sound like the stuff of science fiction, in fact such inventions represent only the most recent iterations of natural mechanisms that are billions of years old - the focus of the rapidly growing field of biomimetics. Based on the realization that natural selection has for countless eons been conducting trial-and-error experiments with the laws of physics, chemistry, material science, and engineering, biomimetics takes nature as its laboratory, looking to the most successful developments and strategies of an array of plants and animals as a source of technological innovation and ideas. Thus the lotus flower, with its waxy, water-resistant surface, gives us stainproofing; the feathers of raptors become transformable airplane wings; and the nerve-deadening serrations on a mosquito's proboscis are adapted to hypodermics."--Publisher description.