Very interesting beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air
Woot woot! Innovation inspired by 3.8 billion years of R&D!
Interesting video. I was fascinated by the concept of using whale bumps on airplane wings to improve fuel efficiency and decided to look into it further. I came across an interview with the man behind the idea – Prof. Frank Fish – at http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1282/ . Its worth a read.
It turns out he’s now using this techonology to develop a wind turbine that can increase the energy production capacity of a windmill by 20 percent. The basic theory behind this is that putting bumps on the wings give them a sharper angle and they can get more drive from the wind.
The possible applications for this basic technology seem endless.
The Smithsonian Institute has a great television show called Nature Tech about this very subject. I’ve seen a few episodes. It’s pretty cool.
Very interesting video. I particularly liked how Janine Benyus used the analogy of sea shells with wastewaster engineers to explain the switch that has to be made from learning about the natural world to learning from the natural world and using the ingenious design of this world to redesign the human made world.
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