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Have a Scientific Problem? Steal an Answer from Nature

Have a Scientific Problem? Steal an Answer from Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"From its overall shape, inspired by the efficient contours of fish and dolphins, to its active sonar, originating in the study of bats, the answers to problems of natural selection can be found throughout the submarine. Since ancient times, humans have sought to solve problems with technology, and they've often been inspired to do so by observing how animals and plants found elegant solutions to similar problems. In looking deeper into these solutions recently, scientists have been repeatedly astonished at the sophistication and optimal performance of evolutionary adaptations. They have discovered light sensors that can detect single photons, skin that can magically repel water, acoustic lenses that focus sound beams, and bugs that can solve calculus problems. To put it plainly: we humans are increasingly realizing that nature offers a lot of great designs to steal."

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Dolphins Inspire Rescue Radar Device

Dolphins Inspire Rescue Radar Device | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"British engineers said Wednesday they had taken inspiration from dolphins for a new type of radar device that could easily track miners trapped underground or skiers buried in an avalanche. The device, like dolphins, sends out two pulses in quick succession to allow for a targeted search for semiconductor devices, cancelling any background "noise"..."

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How Bats Catch Prey That’s Sitting Still

How Bats Catch Prey That’s Sitting Still | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Using high-speed video, scientists have figured out how bats use echolocation to find prey that’s holding still—and hope to use their discovery to improve robots.

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Bat-inspired Sonar Device Aids the Visually Impaired

Bat-inspired Sonar Device Aids the Visually Impaired | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Unlike Batman, bats don’t rely on projections in the sky to tell them where to go; they navigate by calling and judging where the sounds echo off objects. This sound-based system inspired a team at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, to create a sonar device to help the blind to get around more easily."

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A bizarre cross between Yoda, Dobby the House-Elf, and Gollum, the aye-aye finds food by echolocating with his fingers. Can humans find bioinspiration from this all-in-one Swiss Army Knife and SONAR expert?
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