Clever Animals Inspire Lookers – And Engineers

first_img     How did these optical secrets emerge in such different species as arthropods, fish and birds?  The leader of the Israeli group remarked, “It is astonishing how through evolution, fish and silver-colored spiders have independently succeeded in achieving light-reflecting structures with similar efficiencies, although differences in mechanism is apparent.”  Another team member who spoke of the “clever solutions that emerged in the course of evolution” said, “It is very surprising that fish and spiders, pertaining to completely different taxonomic groups, independently acquired through evolution the ability to generate mirror-like reflections on their skin by depositing guanine crystals.  This suggests that the solution must be quite efficient and it is, therefore, extremely promising for the materials scientists to try and understand the structural principles of these photonic crystals working as (colored) mirrors.” 1.  Finn, Tregenza and Norman, “Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 23, R1069-R1070, 15 December 2009, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.10.052. Ahem, you Israeli idolaters: Darwinism has just been falsified, not confirmed.  What’s astonishing is that you would trade in a solid foundation for an idol with feet of clay.  Look to the Rock from which you were hewn.     How often do the evolutionists start chanting their worship rituals into otherwise stimulating discussions about biological wonders?  It will be so good when we can get science back to observation.  Meanwhile, all of us can look forward to cool gadgets and inventions coming from the intelligent-design science of biomimetics. In the tank, fish are glistenin’ In the lab, folks are whistlin’; A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, Copyin’ a living wonderland. Gone away’s Mr. Charlie, Here to stay – not so gnarly – Intelli-design, the trend of ’09, Copyin’ a living wonderland. In the hangar we can build a robot, And pretend that it’s a hummingbird; They’ll say “Follow Darwin!” we’ll say “No, not! Design by evolution is absurd.” Later on, we’ll conspire As we dream, zoo-inspired, To build unafraid, with plans that God made, Copyin’ a living wonderland.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Incredible animals provide endless delights with their antics.  Even microorganisms are capable of amazing feats.  Sometimes these living things inspire inventors, too.center_img Coconut octopus:  Tool use was supposed to be a late marker of primate intelligence as chimpanzees were evolving upward to manhood.  That’s so 1890.  Now that we know crows can use tools (05/26/2009), why not octopi?  Sure enough, PhysOrg, Science Daily and Live Science all reported on a “lucky accident” of finding “tool use in an invertebrate.”  Based on the paper in Current Biology,1 Live Science explained, “The veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) apparently can stack discarded coconut shell halves just as one might pile bowls, sits atop them, makes its eight arms rigid like stilts, and then moves the entire heap across the seafloor.  These soft-bodied creatures perform this ungainly ‘stilt walking’ to use the hard shells for shelter later when needed.”     Marine biologist Julian Finn “never laughed so hard underwater” upon observing the trick.  New Scientist included a video; so did National Geographic, which said the discoverers were “blown away” when they saw it.  “Tool use, once thought to be a uniquely human behavior, is seen as a sign of considerable mental sophistication among nonhuman animals, ”NG said.  The article quoted a chimpanzee expert commenting, “Even chimps do not use natural materials to create shelters over their heads.”  This octopus is making good use of its sophisticated robotic arms (02/09/2005, brain (10/25/2009) and complex eyes (10/16/2006, bullet 2).  Live Science followed up with a list of 10 animals that use tools.  Only half of them are primates; two are non-mammals. Hummingbird robots:  Who isn’t fascinated with hummingbirds hovering around the backyard feeder?  Scientists at University of Buffalo are studying “hummingbirds flight to develop self-propelled surveillance devices,” reported PhysOrg.  Hummingbird wings develop 3-D vortices that provide optimal lift.  Scientists interested in designing small robotic flyers that can negotiate caves, tunnels and tight places are taking their cues from the world’s smallest birds.  “One solution being explored is the design of tiny, flying surveillance devices called micro-air vehicles that are bio-inspired, based on lessons drawn from the behavior of insects and birds.” Batty feet:  Scientists thought some bats used suction to cling to wet leaves.  Nope; Science Daily reported that the sucker-footed bats don’t use suction.  “Instead, they use wet adhesion, secreting a fluid, possibly sweat, that enables the pads on the bats’ wrists and ankles to attach to surfaces.”  The report on PhysOrg includes a video of the bat clinging to glass. Microfuel and micro-art:  Even single-celled organisms have their own tricks of technology.  Energy is, of course, a matter of great concern these days.  Space.com reported on the latest attempts to use algae for biofuel.  And New Scientist posted a gallery of artistic patterns produced by microbes (some with human help).  Image No. 7 is sure to give you a double-take.  And say: if bacteria are so clever, why not just use them instead of imitating them?  PhysOrg reported about scientists at Argonne National Laboratory who are harnessing microbes to turn nanoscopic gears.  This is easier than building nanomachines from scratch: There exists a wide gap between man-made hard materials and living tissues; biological materials, unlike steel or plastics, are “alive.”  Biomaterials, such as live skin or tissue, consume energy of the nutrients to self-repair and adapt to their environment,” [Igor] Aronson said.  “Our discovery demonstrates how microscopic swimming agents, such as bacteria or man-made nanorobots, in combination with hard materials can constitute a ‘smart material’ which can dynamically alter its microstructures, repair damage, or power microdevices.” Hopefully PETA will not complain about making them into galley slaves.  See also Live Science. All that glitters:  Photonic crystals, the geometric arrangements of nanoscopic surfaces that play tricks with light, are still a hot topic in physics and biomimetics.  PhysOrg reported about work at the Weizmann Institute of Science who are studying “Sparkly Spiders and Photonic Fish.”  A variety of unrelated creatures use guanine molecules to create the tiny patterns that amplify some wavelengths and cancel out others.  The result is a reflective surface brighter than what pigments could produce: “These fish and spiders are able to make guanine crystals of very specific size and orientation to achieve the reflectivity they require.”last_img read more

After the Webinar: Summary of Key Resources

first_imgOn October 19, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph. D. shared a wealth of resources to supporting delivering intentional instruction through everyday interactions during the webinar “When Play is More than Just “Playing.”  In this video, Kristie provides a focused summary of key resources.If you haven’t viewed the webinar yet, you can access it here.last_img

Boy Sablan out as UST coach

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sablan, together with his coaching staff composed of Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective November 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.The unheralded Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this past UAAP Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST also suffered a 17-game losing streak bridging Seasons 79 and 80 under his watch.INQUIRER tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Another source closely monitoring the situation bared that the school has already formed a search committee even before the UAAP season ended and has started gathering applications from interested parties who want to take the helm at the Growling Tigers.Alumni have been pushing for the return of Pido Jarencio back in España, but the coach who led the school to its last title back in 2006 was recently reinstated as the GlobalPort head coach.ABS-CBN Sports reported the development first.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES No replay of DLSU-Adamson game amid controversy, says UAAP View commentslast_img read more

Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

first_imgMapua takes a 12-day breather before facing JRU on August 22. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStill in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said. MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Co suspected that Estrella suffered an MCL injury, as he kept his team’s leading scorer off of Mapua’s game on Friday. Gabo, meanwhile, fought through the pain but could only muster two points in the four minutes he played in the game.Their absence were truly felt in the Cardinals’ 66-55 loss to the Red Lions, which sent them to their fifth straight defeat and further down the cellar at 1-6.Though Co got a huge boost in the emergence of Christian Bunag, who racked an eye-popping 20 points and 18 rebounds, the mentor knows that won’t be enough as he hopes to get more surprises from his line-up.“From the start of the season, all I wanted is to have a good showing, not necessarily winning. Winning is a bonus. But I always tell them that we will play good basketball,” he said.“We have to play good basketball, disciplined basketball, take the open shot and not the hurried shot. There are losses that are still good shows. It’s basketball, there will be winners and there will be losers. It’s just that we lack the manpower.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Svetlana Savitskaya was the first woman to perform a spacewalk

first_imgSvetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya, who became the first woman to perform a spacewalk on July 25, 1984, was born on August 08, 1948. With the 1984 mission, she also became the first woman to travel into space twice.Let’s know everything about Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya and the mission:By the time Svetlana turned 22, she had already recorded over 400 parachute jumps. By this time, she had also claimed the top spot at the World Aerobatic ChampionshipsAfter earning an engineering degree from the Moscow Aviation Institute, Svetlana started her career as a test and sports pilotShe set 18 international world records on MiG aircrafts and three records in team parachute jumpingSvetlana could fly over 20 different types of aircraftsShe also made a number of women’s speed and altitude records in her careerIn 1982, Savitskaya flew to space as part of the Soyuz T-7 mission, becoming the second woman to fly into space after Valentina TereshkovaOn July 25, 1984, she became the first woman to perform a space walkAs per the records, she conducted an EVA (Extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours and 35 minutesShe was honoured with the Hero of the Soviet Union titleSvetlana also has an asteroid named after her. It is called 4118 SvetaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more