It’s no secret that the world is full of some amazing animals, but it’s fair to say that most of them fly under the radar and don’t get the credit that they deserve. Of course, this is understandable. Most humans don’t get the chance to get up close and personal with a wide range of animals on a regular basis, and this can often leave us feeling removed from their existence. However, what most people don’t realize is that many of the technology we use every day has been inspired by the animals of the world.
Woodpeckers inspired black boxes
Have you ever seen a woodpecker doing what they do best? These birds hammer away at tree trunks on a regular basis, and you might be amazed to hear that their skulls and their brains don’t suffer any damage in the process. That’s because their skulls actually contain their own form of shock absorber that allows it to peck away without any internal damage. It seems as though engineers and researchers are now stealing this idea to create more efficient black boxers for planes. This will allow them to withstand even harsher weather patterns.
Humpback whales inspired wind power
Nowadays, we live in a world that’s full of renewable energy sources, but what you might not have realized is that the humpback whale has actually inspired a new form of wind power. Their fins are fitted with tubercles on their fins, and these look like raised bumps. This helps them when they make their way out of the water and splash around, and its this aerodynamic addition that has since made its way into the world of renewable energy. One wind power company has actually replicated tubercles on their turbines, and have found that it creates even more energy.
Mussels inspired adhesives
If you have ever come across mussels in the ocean, you may have noticed that they have the ability to latch onto rocks and other animals to survive. It’s this adhesive ability that has wowed experts for many years, and it seems as though they have since used these underwater creatures to inspire new biomimetic polymer adhesive that is reportedly a whopping 10 times stronger than other adhesives on the market. If you ever get the chance to see this adhesive in action yourself, you’ll be able to thank mussels for inspiring the product.
Mosquitoes inspired surgical needles
There’s a high chance that you have been bitten by a mosquito at least once in your life, and you may not have realized it until the red blotches of skin begin to burn and itch. It’s this that has inspired scientists across the globe. That’s because many patients are scared of surgical needles because of the pain inflicted when it is inserted. By looking at mosquitoes and how these animals take advantage of their biting ability, researchers have been able to create three-pronged needles that are minimally invasive and supposedly keep the pain away.
Did you know these animals were so inspirational?