Desert beatle help us to harvest water

desertbeatleTo drink water, the S. gracilipes stands on a small ridge of sand using its long, spindly legs.

waterbottle

Technical application:

water bottles, tents for refugees, Steam Power Condensers, Refrigeration, Atmospheric Water Generation

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Honeycomb for stiff constructions

honeycombHoneycomb structures are natural or man-made structures that have the geometry of a honeycomb to allow the minimization of the amount of used material to reach minimal weight and minimal material cost.

Technical application:

composit materials, low weight constructions

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Gecko feet for car tires

geckoUsing design principles inspired by the nanoscopic hairs on the gecko, UC Berkeley researchers and colleagues have created a novel microfiber array which has very high friction but is not “sticky”.

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Technical application:

car tires, drive on solar panels

 

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Insect´s eye for gigapixel cameras

Insects have a wide field of view and are acutely sensitive to motion, as anyone who has tried chasing a housefly knows. Researchers have now cinsects_eyereated a digital camera that mimics the curved, compound structure of an insect eye. These cameras could be used where wide viewing angles are important and space is at a premium — in advanced surveillance systems, for example, or in unmanned flying vehicles and endoscopes.

Technical application:

theater, giga-pix camera

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