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How the Blue Whale can teach us about fans, filters and biomimicry

How the Blue Whale can teach us about fans, filters and biomimicry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Whales are some of the most extreme creatures on Earth  The 115 foot, 150 foot ton Blue Whale, for instance, is the largest animal that ever lived. These magnificent creatures are social mammals, descended from an ancient land dweller that also gave rise to the hippopotamus family. Like hippos and humans, they are warm-blooded and air-breathing, and stay with their young, nursing them for an extended period of time. And like us, they maintain complex social networks. As you might imagine, the whale faces some special challenges doing all this in the ocean. As usual, where challenge is extreme, the solutions are efficient. So how can the Blue Whale inspire us today?

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Spinal Staircase: Bare-Bones Steps Inspired by Vertebrae

Spinal Staircase: Bare-Bones Steps Inspired by Vertebrae | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The backbone of a whale may sound like a strange place to draw inspiration, but nature often features forms that have evolved well to fit certain purposes. Andrew McConnell conceived [a staircase] as a modular set of components that can be deployed in a spiral, each element supporting the next – the only variation would occur in the top and bottom pieces that connect to landings

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Whales Feed With 'Tangled Hair Net'

Whales Feed With 'Tangled Hair Net' | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Hair-like structures inside the throats of filter-feeding whales tangle to trap food, according to a study.
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Humpback whales inspire better helicopter design

Humpback whales inspire better helicopter design | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The connection between humpback whales and helicopters might not seem obvious. But a group of researchers in Germany are thinking way outside-the-box, applying nature’s design to helicopters to make them faster and more maneuverable.

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