Witness from Science--Biomimetics -- Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Pastor Chui: I am indebted to numerous sources from the Internet. .
http://ChristCenterGospel.org [email protected] 02/08/20 1 Academic Freedom is limited in America In 2008, Dr. Jerry Bergman published Slaughter of the Dissidents, Volume I which outlines the shocking truth about killing the careers of Darwin doubters. These include intolerance against Darwin skeptics, denial of
earned degrees, public lynching, firings, and contract suspension. 2008 I 02/08/20 2 Raymond Damadian, First Patent in the Field of MRI, Lost the Nobel Prize
In 1970, Raymond Damadian, a medical doctor and research scientist, discovered the basis for using magnetic resonance imaging as a tool for medical diagnosis. He found that different kinds of animal tissue emit response signals that vary in length, and that cancerous tissue emits response signals that last much longer than non cancerous tissue. Less than two years later he filed his idea for using magnetic resonance imaging as a tool for medical diagnosis with the U.S. Patent Office, entitled "Apparatus and Method for Detecting Cancer in Tissue." A patent was granted in 1974, it was the world's first patent issued in the field of MRI. By 1977, Dr. Damadian completed construction of the first whole-body MRI scanner, which he dubbed the "Indomitable."
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MRI 1977 Damadian 02/08/20 4 Guillermo Gonzalez Lost His Job
02/08/20 5 Caroline Crocker Lost Her Job Twice
Caroline Crocker came to doubt Darwinism not because of religion, but because of the immunology research she was doing for her Ph.D. Dr. Crocker taught at George Mason University for five years without problems. She also had 29 research papers to her credits, high student approval ratings, and several research grants. Her views in ID were rebuffed and finally fired. She obtained a teaching job at Northern Virginia Community College. Shortly afterwards, she was also fired after the college knew about the George Mason University dismissal. 02/08/20
6 Professor Dan Scott Was Also Terminated Professor Dan Scott obtained permission in writing from his department chair, Barbara Hull, to cover both sides of the evolution controversy. He wanted his students to obtain a balanced
presentation so as to allow the students to draw their own conclusions. He never taught creationism and objectively taught evolution. His views on ID was his only crime! 02/08/20 7 Best Qualified Candidate Expelled Over Views on Evolution, Design mer Martin Gaskell was the leading candidate for the founding director of a new observatory at the University of Kentucky in 2007 until his writings on evolutio Dec 11, 2010 For daring to question evolution, an
astronomer who was the best qualified candidate to become director of a new observatory lost out. No one denies that astronomer Martin Gaskell was the leading candidate for the founding director of a new observatory at the University of Kentucky in 2007 until his writings on evolution came to light, a report on Courier-Journal reported. Martin Gaskell is suing the University, claiming that his views on evolution, religion and intelligent design cost him the position. 02/08/20 8 , -
2007 - Courier-Journal 2010 12 11 02/08/20 9 Science Was Founded by Creationists
Modern science was founded by many Creationists who believed that the Almighty God laid down the laws by which the universe was created. Kepler, Newton, Maxwell, Faraday, Pascal, Galileo, and many others were creationists. 02/08/20 10
The Great Creationist Scientist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) At age 19, he found an error in the mathematical table. At age 22, he obtained a B.A. in math at Cambridge. At age 26, he became the Chairman of Mathematics at Cambridge. He authored several famous science books. But he wrote much more in theology (over a million words),
including Commentaries on the Book of Daniel and Revelation. He believed in 6-day creation. He also calculated the age of the Earth to be about 4004 B.C. For 40 years, he was religious while he was the Director of the Royal Society. 02/08/20 11 (1643-1727) 19 22 26 ,
6 4004 40 02/08/20 12 Gods Creation Can Inspire Us Every living or nonliving thing wants us to learn and to imitate, from the lowly bacteria to dinosaurs. Now, bacteria have been used to make insulin, to clean up the oil spill, and to make exotic drugs.
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Biomimetics, also known as Bionics ( a term coined by an American air force officer in 1958), Biognosis, and Biomimicry, has been applied to a number of fields from political science to car design to computer science (cybernetics, swarm intelligence, artificial neurons and artificial neural networks are all derived from biomimetic principles). Generally there are three areas in biology after which technological solutions can be modeled: Replicating natural manufacturing methods as in the production of
chemical compounds by plants and animals Mimicking mechanisms found in nature such as Velcro and "Gecko tape" Imitating organizational principles from social behavior of organisms like ants, bees, and microorganisms 02/08/20 14
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Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technolo gies at the University of Bath Dr. Julian Vincent and his colleagues have devised a "biological patents" database that will enable engineers to directly tap into nature's ingenuity bypassing the need to consult with biologists that they have come to rely upon for insight into nature's workings. "The idea is that this database will let anyone search through a wide range of biological mechanisms and properties to find natural solutions to technological problems." Currently, Dr. Vincent estimates that "at present there is only a 10% overlap between biology and technology
in terms of the mechanisms used" so there is a great deal of potential in this area. 02/08/20 16
10 Biological Patents Database The biological patents database takes a different approach to providing examples of natural biological technologies which fulfill the requirements of a particular engineering problem. Instead of searching by a plant or animal's name, an engineer would query the database with a keyword like "propulsion" to get "a range of propulsion mechanisms used by jellyfish, frogs and crustaceans." Alternatively,
an engineer can characterize "an engineering problem in the form of a list of desirable features that the solution ought to have, and another list of undesirable features that it ought to avoid.... So, for example, searching for a means of defying gravity might produce a number of possible solutions taken from different flying creatures but described in engineering terms. 'If you want flight, you don't copy a bird, but you do copy the use of wings and aerofoils,' says Dr Vincent. ,
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While the system only contains about 2,500 "patents" at present, Dr Vincent aims to significantly expand the collection to help engineers identify natural systems and behaviors that might be useful in their engineering challenges. There is great hope that biomimetics will help mankind develop technologies that both reduce our impact on the environment around us and improve our quality of life. 2,500
02/08/20 20 Some Examples of Biomimetics Velcro resulted in 1948 from a Swiss engineer, George de Mestral, noticing how the hooks of the plant burrs stuck in the fur of his dog. 1948 Mestral
02/08/20 21 Velcro was inspired by plant burrs Giraffe Bone Inspiration Fraunhofer Institute in Germany found long
bones that are lightweight and strong. Rather than working by a blind, unguided, aimless, purposeless process, they began with design requirements and computer models. Coming soon to a doctor near you: medical orthopedic devices or anatomically formed body protectors such as lumbar support belts for skiers. Climbing Plant Inspiration
Tarzan made good use of lianas the long, woody, vine-like plants good for swinging from tree to tree. Scientists at the University of Freiberg are finding inspiration for more sophisticated uses from them: self-healing materials. The bionics experts envision boats, tires, and air mattresses that can heal their own leaks. When the lignified cells of the outer supportive tissues which give the plant its bending stiffness are damaged, the plant administers first aid to the
wound. Only in a later phase does the real healing process kick in and the original tissue grows back. Circulatory System Repair Technology Animal circulatory systems inspired researchers at the University of Illinois to invent a different kind of self-healing material. Prof. Nancy Sottos and team looked at how blood vessels subdivide down to tiny capillaries; this led them to work on impregnation of plastics with a fine
network of channels, each less than 100 millionths of a metre in diameter, that can be filled with liquid resins, These micro-vascular networks penetrate the material like an animals circulation system, supplying healing agent to all areas, ready to be released whenever and wherever a crack appears. Slippery Slope Pitcher Plant
The pitcher plant has such a slippery inner surface, a bug landing on it doesnt have a chance avoiding the digestive juice at the bottom. Harvard biologist Joanna Aizenberg who is looking at the pitcher plant as another one of many strategies that nature created to manage and control the interaction with liquid. Even insects with sticky feet that allow them to walk up walls cant escape the pitcher plants slippery slope. Non-stick skillets, self-cleaning windows, frictionfree oil and water transport pipes, and safe and efficient blood transfusion devices Sundew Adhesive
The sundews adhesive has Spiderman qualities. For example, it can stretch to one million times its normal size. Most rubber bands can stretch to only about six times their original length. This remarkable elasticity makes the adhesive dew secreted from the plant a potentially effective choice for coating replacement body parts, regenerating dying tissues, healing wounds and improving synthetic adhesives. It is so sticky and elastic that its also economical less than a microliter (0.0002 teaspoons) would cover 25 square millimeters (about 0.04 square inches).
Seaweed Battery Kovalenko et al., reporting in Science, announced an environmentally-friendly battery material that uses brown algae: We show that mixing Si nanopowder with alginate, a natural polysaccharide extracted from brown algae, yields a stable battery anode possessing reversible capacity eight times higher than that of the state-of-the-art graphitic anodes. (Science 7 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6052 pp. 75-79, DOI: 10.1126/science.1209150).
Orange Peel for Biodegradable Plastic One branch of biomimetics is using organic materials for new engineering purposes. PhysOrg, reporting on work at the University of York, asked, what if we could make plastic from a recycled, natural, biodegradable source? By zapping the orange peels with microwaves and converting into a gas, inventors have made a biodegradable
plastic. Leaf Power MIT Prof Daniel Nocera is making progress with his artificial leaf. It can split water into hydrogen and oxygen, like leaves do in photosynthesis, but his device is made of silicon, cobalt, and nickel. Like leaves, though, his invention doesnt need batteries, wires, or control circuits. But its still nowhere close to what plants can do.
The discovery by Fleming and his research group that the phenomenon of quantum coherence is involved in the transport of electronic excitation energy presents what the authors say is a challenge to our understanding of chemical dynamics. Dragonfly Aircraft Harvard biologist Stacey Combes is shown filming them in high speed to see how they accomplish their
high speed aerial feats such as hunting and even reproducing in mid-air. In a mere half-second, a dragonfly can take off, snatch its prey, flip over, and return to its starting point. Fossil dragonflies look identical to modern ones, showing no evolution at all, and had wingspans of over two feet. It would seem coordinating four large wings and having near all-around vision hardly represents a primitive insect. Engineers are looking to the dragonfly for inspiration in small-scale aircraft design. Insect Wall Climber
Berkeley scientists have created a robot that can climb up cloth. It looks so much like a living insect, it would scare a homemaker. PhysOrg included a video clip of it in action. Berkeley, the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is at the forefront of mimicking nature, the article said. Its lab mission is to harness features of animal manipulation, locomotion, sensing, actuation, mechanics, dynamics, and control strategies, in its work with small lightweight millirobots. Abalones, Diatoms, and Viruses
Inspired by abalones, whose shells are 3,000 times stronger than chalk (98% the same calcium carbonate but 2% added protein), and diatoms both of which take elements from sea water and construct fantastically strong materials from them, MIT Prof Blecher applies a kind of directed evolution. She takes common raw materials and submits them to viruses programmed to create randomly-varying proteins, looking for the ones that will generate nontoxic, novel, environmentally-safe materials, by running 1 billion experiments at a time. This is intelligent design and not evolution. Rethinking Old Technology
Burning trees for power may seem backward, dirty, and environmentally hostile, Mason Inman wrote, But a high-tech new way of wood burning holds great potential to save energy, cut costs, and even fight global warming, a new study says. In fact, advanced wood combustion technologies could supply more energy than hydroelectric dams without running out of trees. And did you know that wood burning is carbon neutral? All the carbon absorbed by wood is released back, with no net increase in atmospheric carbon. If coal and oil is reduced, there is a net reduction in carbon emissions.
Cow Power Roasting cow patties seems as low-tech as cooking by campfire next to a covered wagon. But some farmers have found that roasting dried cow dung, under the appropriate conditions, is a great way to save money. Maggie Koerth-Baker on National Geographic News highlighted a farm in Minnesota that converts cow manure, kept free of oxygen and digested by bacteria, into clean energy that not only provides high-quality fertilizer but energy independence. Electricity from the digester powers their dairy, plus 70 other households. No fossil fuels; living off the land; that
sounds both ancient and modern. Next Generation Robots and Vehicles The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and NASA are studying the navigational systems and locomotive strategies of insects to design the next generation of autonomous robots and vehicles.
DARPA DoD Imitating Insect Flight Whale Flipper Inspiration
Using a wind tunnel, researchers have found that the flipper of the humpback whale is a more efficient wing design than the current model used by the aeronautics industry on airplanes. Engineers are working to apply the aerodynamic findings to future airplane and automotive design. 02/08/20 38
Whale Flipper Inspiration 02/08/20 39 Shark Skin Inspiration Engineers at Airbus, a European airplanemanufacturing firm, have used the rough skin of the shark as inspiration in developing a striated foil
coating for the wings of aircraft, a design which has resulted in six percent less friction and improved fuel efficiency. 02/08/20 40 Shark Skin Inspiration
02/08/20 41 Sponge and Sea Star Inspiration A research team at Bell Labs has found that tropical deep-sea sponge, Euplectella or Venus's Flower Basket, builds remarkably strong structures from extremely fragile materials. This discovery led to unique insights in the production of commercial fiber optic strands. The same team also looked to
the visual systems of brittle stars -- sea creatures related to starfish and sea urchins -- for inspiration to improve lens design. Euplectella - 02/08/20 42 Gecko Feet Inspiration
"Gecko tape" is a product under development that has been inspired by the lizard's ability to climb up walls and walk along ceilings. The tape exploits "van der Waals forces" -weak intermolecular attractive forces -- by mimicking the tiny hair-like structures, called setae, that cover geckos' feet. - - 02/08/20
43 Gecko Feet Inspiration 02/08/20 44 Bombardier Beetle Inspiration Scientists at the University of Leeds in Great Britain are studying the jet-based defense mechanism of the bombardier beetle to see if the insect can help them learn how to re-ignite a gas-turbine aircraft engine in mid-flight. The bombardier
beetle is capable of spraying would-be predators with a highpressure stream of boiling liquid. Boxfish Inspiration DaimlerChrysler is developing a new high fuel efficiency concept vehicle based on the body shape of a boxfish, a common cube-shaped fish found in tropical marine habitats. The bionic car will offer 20 percent lower fuel consumption and up to 80 percent lower nitrogen oxide
emissions according to a release from DaimlerChrysler. 80 Boxfish Inspiration Spider Silk Inspiration
Spiders spin silk that is stronger than synthetic substances developed by man but require only insects as inputs. The US Army already made the spider silk equivalent as bullet proof vest and bunker walls. Diatoms Inspiration
Diatoms, microscopic phytoplankton responsible for about 40% of all the photosynthesis on Earth, make glass using silicon dissolved in seawater. Nanotechnology is making headway on this fact. 40 Abalone Inspiration Abalone, a type of shellfish, produces a crackresistant shell twice as tough as ceramic from
calcium found in seawater using a process known as bio-mineralization. Engineers are working on this amazing fact. Trees Inspiration Trees "turn sunlight, water, and air into cellulose, a sugar stiffer and stronger than nylon, and bind it into wood, a natural composite with a higher bending strength and stiffness than
concrete or steel," as noted by Paul Hawken, Amory and L. Hunter Lovins in Natural Capitalism. Plants Inspiration Countless plants generate compounds that fight off infection from fungi, insects, and other pests. Bioengineers are learning from Gods amazing creation.
Birds Inspiration Birds inspire engineers to design better aircraft and wing design Human Brain Inspiration Computer scientists construct neural
networks based upon "the desire to mimic the human brain Cells and DNA Inspiration DNA The existence of cells and DNA serves as a source of inspiration for nanotechnologists, who hope to one day build self-assembled molecular-scale devices DNA
Feathers and Wings Inspiration Light refraction in bird feathers and butterfly wings modeled to create better display screens Feathers and Wings Inspiration Self-sharpening Teeth Inspiration
Self-sharpening teeth on many animals, such as vertebrates and echinoderms, being copied to produce better cutting tools Toe Pads on Tree Frogs Inspiration Tire treads inspired by the shape of toe pads on tree frogs
Self-healing Properties of Biological Systems Inspiration Engineers study self-healing properties of biological systems to produce polymers and polymer composites capable of mending cracks Polar Bear Inspiration Polar bear-inspired furs, textiles, and thermal collectors
Moth Eyes Inspiration Studying the light refractive properties moth eyes to produce solar panels with less light reflection Beetle Blade Inspiration The horn-shaped, saw-tooth design for lumberjack blades
used at the turn of the 19th century to cut down trees when it was still done by hand was modeled after observations of a wood-burrowing beetle. It revolutionized the industry because the blades worked so much faster at felling trees. 19 , Cat's eye reflectors Inspiration Cat's eye reflectors were invented by Percy Shaw in 1935 after studying the mechanism of cat eyes. He had found that cats had a system of reflecting cells, known as
tapetum lucidum, which was capable of reflecting the tiniest bit of light. , 1935 Leonardo da Vincis Contribution Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines and ships are early examples of drawing from nature in engineering.
Arthropods Inspiration Resilin is a replacement for rubber that has been created by studying the material also found in arthropods. Pinecones Inspiration Julian Vincent drew from the study of pinecones when he developed in 2004 "smart" clothing that
adapts to changing temperatures. "I wanted a nonliving system which would respond to changes in moisture by changing shape", he said. "There are several such systems in plants, but most are very small the pinecone is the largest and therefore the easiest to work on". Pinecones respond to higher humidity by opening their scales (to disperse their seeds). The "smart" fabric does the same thing, opening up when the wearer is warm and sweating, and shutting tight when cold. Pinecones Inspiration 2004
, Bird Wings and Fish Scales Inspiration "Morphing aircraft wings" that change shape according to the speed and duration of flight were designed in 2004 by biomimetic scientists from Penn State University. The morphing wings were inspired by different bird species that have differently shaped wings according to the speed at which
they fly. In order to change the shape and underlying structure of the aircraft wings, the researchers needed to make the overlying skin also be able to change, which their design does by covering the wings with fish-inspired scales that could slide over each other. In some respects this is a refinement of the swing-wing design. Bird Wings and Fish Scales Inspiration 2004
Lotus Leaf Inspiration Lotus leaf surface, rendered: microscopic view Some paints and roof tiles have been engineered to be selfcleaning by copying the mechanism from the Nelumbo lotus. Lotus Leaf Inspiration
Cholesteric liquid crystals Inspiration Cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) are the thin-film material often used to fabricate fish tank thermometers or mood rings, that change color with temperature changes. They change color because their molecules are arranged in a helical or chiral arrangement and with temperature the pitch of that helical structure changes, reflecting different wavelengths of light. Chiral Photonics, Inc. has abstracted the selfassembled structure of the organic CLCs to produce analogous optical devices using tiny lengths of inorganic, twisted glass fiber. Cholesteric liquid crystals Inspiration
Butterfly Wings Inspiration Nanostructures and physical mechanisms that produce the
shining color of butterfly wings were reproduced in silicon by Greg Parker, professor of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and research student Luca Plattner in the field of photonics, which is electronics using photons as the information carrier instead of electrons. Blue Morpho Butterfly Inspiration
The wing structure of the blue morpho butterfly was studied and the way it reflects light was mimicked to create an RFID tag that can be read through water and on metal Butterfly Wings Inspiration The wing structure of butterflies has also inspired the creation of new nanosensors to
detect explosives. Neural Network Inspiration Neuromorphic chips, silicon retinae or cochleae, has wiring that is modeled after real neural networks connectivity. Vegetation Inspiration
Synthetic or "robotic" vegetation, which aids in conservation and restoration, are machines designed to mimic many of the functions of living vegetation. Gecko Feet Inspiration Medical adhesives involving glue and
tiny nano-hairs are being developed based on the physical structures found in the feet of geckos. Biological Viruses Inspiration Computer viruses also show troubling similarities with biological viruses in their way to curb program-oriented information towards self-reproduction and dissemination.
Termite Mound Inspiration The cooling system of the Eastgate Centre building, in Harare was modeled after a termite mound to achieve very efficient passive cooling.
Hummingbird and Fly Inspiration Through the field of bionics, new aircraft designs with far greater agility and other advantages may be created. This research in bionics may also be used to create more efficient helicopters or miniature UAVs. This latter was stated by Bret Tobalske in an article in Science about Hummingbirds . Bret Tobalske has thus now started work on creating these miniature UAVs which may be used for espionage. UC Berkeley as well as ESA have finally also been working in a similar direction and created the Robofly (a miniature UAV) and the Entomopter (a UAV which can walk, crawl and fly).
Hummingbird and Fly Inspiration Bret Tobalske Tobalske Robofly Entomopter
New solar fuel machine mimics plant life A prototype solar device has been unveiled which mimics plant life, turning the Sun's energy into fuel. The machine uses the Sun's rays and a metal oxide called ceria to break down carbon dioxide or water into fuels which can be stored and transported. Conventional photovoltaic panels must use the electricity they generate in situ, and cannot deliver power at night. The prototype, which was devised by researchers in the US and Switzerland, uses a quartz window and cavity to concentrate sunlight into a cylinder lined with cerium oxide, also known as ceria. Ceria has a natural propensity to exhale oxygen as it heats up
and inhale it as it cools down. New solar fuel machine mimics plant life /
/ Thinnest ever camera sees like a trilobite An unusual arthropod eye design that maximizes image resolution has inspired the design of the thinnest stills and video camera yet made. At just 1.4 millimeters thick, the camera could replace those used in mobile phones, where space carries a hefty premium. It produces 0.38 megapixel images and has a wider field of view than the standard cameras on many phones. The compound eyes of most arthropods contain thousands of tiny lenses, each of which resolves light to a point on a photoreceptor behind. But some trilobites, an extinct class of
arthropods common in the Paleozoic era, had an unusually small number of relatively large lenses. Thinnest ever camera sees like a trilobite 1.4 0.38
Trilobite Camera Andreas Brckner of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany, wondered whether designing a camera to work in the same way could likewise provide high-resolution, clear images in a tiny device. Along with his colleagues, he designed an electronic cluster eye that can take 221 miniature images each 39 pixels to a side which are then stitched together into a single image of 700 by 550 pixels. This is not the first compound-eye-inspired camera to be created. Earlier designs involved taking several hundred lowresolution images of the same scene, and using a "superresolution technique" to create a final, higher resolution image.
221 - 39 - 700x550 Raven Inspiration
Bird gloss: Ravens have what scientists at the University of Akron in Ohio want: glossy materials. Nevermore shall ravens be despised members of the bird order; according to PhysOrg, their feathers have thin layers that cause light interference, producing a sheen that glistens even though the surface is rough. That could be useful to inventors needing a glossy look for materials that cannot be polished. PhysOrg
Honeybee Eyes Inspiration Honeybee aerobatics: By imitating the optical flow of honeybee eyes, researchers at the University of Queensland are inventing plane navigation systems that can perform complex maneuvers, PhysOrg reported. PhysOrg Fly Inspiration
Fly navigation: With help from the Air Force, Caltech scientists, similarly, are studying fly vision to learn better flight attitude control. It would be enough to improve flight stabilization and navigation from our tiny winged neighbors; However, with a tiny brain they are able to perform a variety of tasks such as finding food and mates despite changing light levels, wind gusts, wing damage, and so on. ,
Bird Soaring Inspiration Bird-o-soar: Soaring is better than flapping, reported PhysOrg. Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem are equipping birds with transmitters to learn more about their flight efficiency. They are finding that small birds benefit from gliding as much as large birds. PhysOrg
Bacterial Biofuel Inspiration Bacterial biofuel: A subset of biomimetics is employing organisms directly. Science Daily said that scientists at Concordia University are trying to engineer Lactobacillus lactis, the organism that helps make cheese from milk, into a workhorse to transform plant material into biofuels or other chemicals.
One-celled Protozoa Inspiration Bacterial sensors: Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are recruiting bacteria to test water quality. According to Science Daily, their revolutionary Swimming Behavioral Spectrophotometer (SBS) ... employs one-celled protozoa to detect toxins in water sources. The contraption, which monitors the swimming ability of the germs as indicators of water quality, could some day monitor all the drinking water in the world, with instantaneous feedback and continuous response. The
Department of Defense is very interested. One-celled Protozoa Inspiration SBS ... Butterfly Inspiration
Butterfly medic: Butterfly-Inspired Patch May Alert Soldiers to Brain Injury reads a headline on Live Science, describing how A color-changing patch modeled after the iridescent wings of butterflies could give soldiers a heads-up on the severity of injuries sustained on the battlefield, thanks to work at the University of Pennsylvania. Live
Spider Webs Inspiration Silk drop control: Remember how spider webs collect dew by causing water droplets to bead up due to the nature of the proteins in the silk? Nature reported that Chinese scientists are trying to imitate this trick with synthetic silks. Earthworm Biohazard Inspiration
Earthworm biohazard sensors: Why build electronic sensors to detect hazmat (hazardous materials), when earthworms can be hired to do it? Science Daily reported that researchers in Venezuela and Argentina are studying the viability of using earthworms to process hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially hazardous areas. This offers an alternative to complex and costly industrial cleanup methods, the team suggests. Earthworm Biohazard Inspiration
Neurons Inspiration Neuron computers: Live Science reported how researchers at Boston University are bringing the
world closer to silicon-free computers that use memristors, which behave like neurons in many ways, toward new digital brains. Bacteria Inspiration Bacterial computers: Imagine being able to program bacteria to act as logic circuits for organic computers. Thats what researchers at the University of California
at San Francisco are counting on, according to Science Daily. Ant Inspiration Ant computers: How do ants solve puzzles so well? They can always find the shortest route to a target, even when a barrier is put in the way. Scientists at the University of Sydney are curious, so they have built mazes to learn how the humble ant is capable of solving difficult mathematical problems. The headline reads, Next generation of algorithms inspired
by problem-solving ants. Supercomputer programmers who humble themselves like the ant might learn how to adapt to changing conditions and barriers, both by exploratory behavior and signals left in the path, such as the pheromone molecules that help ants remember previous trials without backtracking. One team member commented, Even simple mass-recruiting ants have much more complex and labile problem solving skills than we ever thought. Ant Inspiration
Virus Inspiration Viral batteries: Viruses have a bad reputation--and rightly so, began an article on PhysOrg, but researchers at the University of Maryland are turning the tables, harnessing
and exploiting the self- renewing and self-assembling properties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells. - PhysOrg ' ' ' ' Starfish Inspiration Starfish medical breakthrough: Watch a video at BBC
News to learn how asthma, hay fever and arthritis may get new effective treatments, thanks to starfish. Imitating the slimy goo on starfish surfaces could help reduce inflammation on blood vessels, researchers at Kings College London said. The starfish have effectively done a lot of the hard work for us. Mollusk Shell Inspiration
Bones and cones: From the spiral cones of molluscs to the bones and teeth of vertebrates, biominerals form a variety of lightweight yet tough materials. Science Daily discussed how researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center are studying natures ability to form complex structures, such as bones, teeth and mollusk shells, from peptides. This could lead to breakthroughs in bone replacement, sensing systems, efficient energy generation and treatment of diseases.
Gods Wonders Are Unlimited Gods wonders are unlimited. Let us give all glory to Him as we learn more about Him. Science should give all credits to God as the early founders of modern science have done in the last several hundred years. ,