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Underwater acoustic modems based on Dolphin communications

Having led the surveying team that positioned many of  the sub-sea structures in Shells Gannet Field (an oil field constructed in the late 1980’s) using highly accurate sonar arrays, you might imagine my enthusiasm for a new invention I came … Continue reading

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Why Toucans have a high beak-to-body ratio?

The flashy beak of the playfully over-sized toco toucan, according to the thewritingengineer.com, has a unique ability to regulate blood flow as a solar heat collector during cool periods and as a thermal release mechanism to prevent overheating during hot weather. The dark-colored collector … Continue reading

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How Termites created air conditioning before we did

Termites discovered how to keep their internal nest temperature in a range of 1 degree Celsius even though external temperatures can change by as much as 39 degrees Celsius. By looking at how the Termite mounds are created, the design … Continue reading

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Next generation DVDs inspired the humble Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimps, in a study from the University of Bristol published in Nature Photonics, are found on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and have the most complex vision systems known to science. They can see in twelve colours and … Continue reading

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Foods with edible coverings, nothing new there!

Source: http://www.coolhunting.com/food-drink/wikicells.php We package our food in all sorts of non-biodegradable solutions from wax coated cardboard, layers of plastics, and other materials. Some of the better solutions come from harvesting substances from nature, but many still come from pulling oil … Continue reading

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Could Geckos give the answer to Spider-Man?

Have you ever wanted to walk up walls or across ceilings like Spider-Man? Gecko Tape may be the way to do it. The tape is a material covered with nanoscopic hairs that mimic those found on the feet of gecko … Continue reading

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Solving The World’s Water Crisis With A Beetle?

Here’s a cool bit of Biomimicry created from a beetle called the Namib Desert Beetle which has proved its resiliency and developed the ability to provide itself with water in a desert! The beetle uses its back to extract a water supply … Continue reading

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