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The 11 Most Perfect Designs From Nature

Look closely, and you'll find beautiful design and great ideas everywhere. Just like the Renault ZOE – a car designed for life.

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1. A Honeybee's Comb

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You have to give honeybees credit; their ingenious storage structures are so simple and brilliant, they've become a major in the study of geometry and inspire architecture all over the world – but they never ask for a penny in royalties. Thanks, bees!

2. The Mimic Octopus

This crafty creature is the super-spy of the sea, twisting and contorting itself to mimic various dangerous animals and ward off predators. It does a particularly impressive jellyfish impersonation.

3. A Peacock's Light-Tricking Feathers

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Peacock plumes, aside from looking lovely, are a built-in special effect. Using a technique known as interference, thousands of tiny bowl-shaped indentations on the flat, branch-shaped feathers create a rainbow-like shimmering effect that human artists still struggle to re-create.

4. A Snowflake's Shape

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While it's widely known that no two snowflakes are ever exactly alike, there are in fact six types (plate, column, star, dendrite, needle, and capped column), and they become more complex as temperatures drop.

Their hexagonal shapes continue to make people go "Oooooh" when tastefully crocheted into Christmas jumpers.

5. A chameleon's skin.

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Chameleon skin is made from a transparent top layer atop several layers of cells called chromatophores that open and close according to what the lizard's nervous system tells them to do.

Not only do these colourful creatures change hue to communicate - they also do it to regulate their body temperature.

6. A Shark's Teeth

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These world-class predators are quite literally armed to the teeth. They usually have 40-45 razor-sharp teeth, which replenish themselves. They have around seven rows of "backup" teeth ready to step up when they lose one. Some large sharks shed around 30,000 teeth in their lifetime.

7. A Kingfisher's Beak

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This plucky bird's striking profile allows it to dive-bomb into water for food without creating huge ripples – and it's so perfectly developed for the task, the shape was copied by high-speed trains in Japan to minimise noise as air moves around them.

9. The Artichoke's Mathematic Perfection

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Don't reach for the butter just yet; the shape of a flowering artichoke has a big secret – it conforms to the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers artists and architects have used to create beautiful shapes for centuries.

11. The Peacock Mantis Shrimp's Superpowers

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When lashing out at predators, this Ali of the sea can swing its arms at 80 kph – faster than a .22 bullet. They can also see pretty much EVERY colour, including ultraviolet, with their amazingly powerful eyes.

For more perfect design that loves nature as much you do, check out the Renault ZOE.

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