Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pool / Pond

Well, this is cool.

Not really biomimicry, more bio'abduction' - Using nature instead of taking ideas from nature, but at this point in pool filtering systems, this method seems much more sustainable.

It's neat that they have plans to make it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spam hurts the Earth

This PC Magazine article explains the WebPageFX study on the direct correlation between spam emails and green house gases.

There's a nice infographic that sums up all the numbers at the bottom.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Alexander McQueen Dress

Form and Function

A company called Bevshots has produced a series of shots of booze under the microscope at the Florida State University's chemistry labs. 

Dry Martini

Vodka Tonic


one eyed albino shark

genetic happenings.  many of these are considered "monsters' but I consider these genetic surprises that may or may not have an advantage in the system.

But I'm guessing you're going to see this somewhere as some sort of sea monster... it's not
according to the article it is
By Jef Akst | October 19, 2011
This is not an ancient one-eyed species, but an animal suffering from a rare congenital condition known as cyclopia, which has been documented in a variety of species, including humans. Measuring in at 56 centimeters (22 inches) in length, the organism is actually a fetus, extracted from the womb of a pregnant dusky shark, caught by fisherman Enrique Lucero León near Cerralvo Island in the Gulf of California."

How viruses spread (the flu)

Materials: Story of Stuff

The reading made me think of this (now fairly old, yet still very relevant) video and accompanying website, that apparently has a lot more now than it did when I first heard about it.

Website: Story of Stuff

Lotus Flower Biomimicry

NASA (and window cleaning companies) are studying the lotus flower to beter understand how no dirt and buildup accumulate on it. The secret is in the hundreds of tiny spikes seen under a microscope. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Adapting Circuitry

This Popular Science Article explains circuits that can change depending on its intended purpose. While it doesn't say anywhere int he article if it was based on anything in nature, it seems clear to me that this simple concept of adaptation was taken from almost everyplace in nature, from our brain cells that grown more connections based on knowledge, to chameleons and octopi which change their physical form for different uses. Having less rigid technology seems to be the way of the future, by mimicking those that have excelled for years, we're finally on our way to making worthwhile advances.

Also, this is cool:
Ecosphere: Amazon: Small Ecosphere

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Radio Lab--Zoos. Notes and Thoughts

I finally got a chance to listen to it. It was great!

Gorillas smearing feces on walls of cages in zoo. Obviously expressing depression. It was a concrete cage.
When better cages were proposed "experts" said the gorillas were going to fall from trees and get sick from a more natural environment. Ok. This just sounds dumb. Really? Give the gorillas some credit, please...
When the cage was changed the most aggressive gorilla found a left over piece of concrete. Held it up, seemed like he was going to smash it against glass, but then didn't. Behavior was better ever since cage change.
Studies of brain growth in correlation with ease of feeding (having to work for food rather than being handed it) and type of cage (amount of toys and how much it resembles their wild setting). Animals who had better cages and had to work for food had significantly better brain development.
Man who talks only to animals as child grows up and helps save Jaguars. His story was great.

Gorillas--Why on earth would someone think a more accurate-to-their-habitat cage would be a bad idea??? Could this be purposeful stupidity based on financial and logistic reasons? Why are some zoos administrators so opposed to even trying this? Do they not care about the animals and only business?

Jaguar Man--I wish they had provided more info on his conversations with animals as a kid. What did they say back to him?

Brain growth. What is the best situations for our pets? What is the best situation for us that helps our brains develop in the best possible way? What are things that are a hindrance to it for people?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Giant Kraken was an artist! ...maybe

io9 article below:

Giant prehistoric krakens may have sculpted self-portraits using ichthyosaur bones

Although the first comment almost reduces the entire article to nothing:
"I think I speak for the entire paleontological community when I say: This is not what most of us do with our time, honestly. Most of us try to do science, instead of coming to nearly-insane conclusions." 
It's still an interesting theory.

Friday, October 7, 2011

BP oil Spill

South Park Rendition:
There's a weird clip from Pineapple Express at the end...ignore.

And...this was the real one???

Wednesday, October 5, 2011