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How Birds’ Beaks Could Solve Water Shortages

How Birds’ Beaks Could Solve Water Shortages | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The Idea: Collect water from fog in deserts and other regions where water is scarce using a method borrowed from birds. Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington observed shorebirds such as phalaropes opening and closing their beaks in order to move water towards their mouths. The unusual drinking method inspired the researchers to create a beak-like fog collector. Composed of two plates joined at one end by a hinge, the collector accumulates water droplets on the inner surfaces of its “beak” while in the open position. Closing the “beak” merges tiny droplets into larger drops, which are able to roll towards the collection tube located near the hinge."

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Grasping Concept Modelled on a Bird's Beak

Grasping Concept Modelled on a Bird's Beak | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The PowerGripper [tool] is modelled on the complex kinematics of the bird’s beak. In mechanical terms, this is known as Watt’s linkage.

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Material for Implants Mimics Squid Beaks

Material for Implants Mimics Squid Beaks | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Many medical implants require hard materials that have to connect to or pass through soft body tissue, a mechanical mismatch that can lead to problems including a breakdown of the skin from abdominal feeding tubes or where wires pass through the chest to power heart pumps. Enter the squid.

The tip of a squid’s beak is harder than human teeth, but the base is as soft as the animal’s Jell-O-like body. In order to connect the two, a major part of the beak has a mechanical gradient that acts as a shock absorber so the animal can bite a fish with bone-crushing force, yet suffer no wear and tear on its fleshy mouth."

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