Exploring Our World
Learning Cooling Efficiency from Termites
We generally think of termites as destroying buildings, not helping design them. But the Eastgate Building, an office complex in Harare, Zimbabwe, has an internal climate control system originally inspired by the structure of termite mounds. Further research is revealing more about the relationship between mound structure and internal temperature, and could influence additional building designs as our understanding grows.
Learning from Flowers to Make Better Paint
The lotus flower is sort of like the sharkskin of dry land. The flower's micro-rough surface naturally repels dust and dirt particles, keeping its petals sparkling clean. If you've ever looked at a lotus leaf under a microscope, you've seen a sea of tiny nail-like protuberances that can fend off specks of dust. When water rolls over a lotus leaf, it collects anything on the surface, leaving a clean leaf behind.
A German company, Ispo, spent four years researching this phenomenon and has developed a paint with similar properties. The micro-rough surface of the paint pushes away dust and dirt, diminishing the need to wash the outside of a house.
Learning from Geese to Fly More Efficiently
It is believed by scientists that flocks of geese are able to boost the distance they can fly by more than 70 percent though the use of the V-shape. It is believed by engineers that the use of V-shaped wings enables aircraft to use 15 per cent less fuel.
Learning to Breathe While Underwater
Scientists observed elephants breathing through their raised snouts while crossing a river and invented the snorkel.
The Inspiration for Inventing the Baby Carrier
What an Amazing World we live in!