Bulletproof feathers : how science uses nature's secrets to design cutting-edge technology / edited by Robert Allen.

Title: 
Bulletproof feathers : how science uses nature's secrets to design cutting-edge technology / edited by Robert Allen.
Publisher: 
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Description: 
192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Other Authors: 
Allen, R. (Robert), 1947-
Format of Material: 
Books
Bib ID: 
125915
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Location: 
Stacks
Call Number: 
QP517.B56B86 2010z
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-187) and index.
"Fabrics that are not only stain resistant but actually clean themselves. Airplane wings that change shape in midair to take advantage of shifts in wind currents. Hypodermic needles that use tiny serrations to render injections virtually pain free. Though they may sound like the stuff of science fiction, in fact such inventions represent only the most recent iterations of natural mechanisms that are billions of years old--the focus of the rapidly growing field of biomimetics. Based on the realization that natural selection has for countless eons been conducting trial-and-error experiments with the laws of physics, chemistry, material science, and engineering, biomimetics takes nature as its laboratory, looking to the most successful developments and strategies of an array of plants and animals as a source of technological innovation and ideas. Thus the lotus flower, with its waxy, water-resistant surface, gives us stainproofing; the feathers of raptors become transformable airplane wings; and the nerve-deadening serrations on a mosquito's proboscis are adapted to hypodermics"--Front flap of dust jacket.
Contents: 
Introduction / Robert Allen --
Marine biology / Jeannette Yen --
Humanlike robots / Yoseph Bar-Cohen --
Underwater bioacoustics / Tomonari Akamatsu --
Cooperative behavior / Robert Allen --
Moving heat and fluids / Steve Vogel --
New materials and natural design / Julian Vincent.
ISBN: 
9780226014708 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226014703