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10 Ways Nature BEATS Us In Technology! - Buxrs.com
Published: 9 months ago By: Origins Explained

By: Origins ExplainedPublished: 9 months ago

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Check out these 10 Ways Nature BEATS Us In Technology! This top 10 list of things in our environment we still can't replicate today shows how nature and our environment have some amazing abilities we just can't copy (yet)!

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10. Clingfish
The clingfish is a type of mussel that is found along the North American Pacific Northwest coast, and it has a unique adaptation that is far superior to anything modern technology is able to achieve- its ability to hold on to things. It can suck on to awkwardly shaped surfaces, and withstand forces of more than 150 times its own weight before being able to let go just as easily! It can do this because its pelvic and pectoral fins are fused together, which create a disc on its underside similar to a suction cup.

9. Butterfly Wings
We’ve all experienced it…. We’re outdoors, with the sun shining bright, and we get out our phones to check the latest DM’s or status updates and it’s impossible to see the screen because of the light reflection. It’s just too darn bright outside!! Well, it turns out that a particular type of butterfly has already developed a solution for this- one that researchers are trying to replicate for a wide range of materials.

8. Mantis Shrimp
There are more than 400 different species of mantis shrimp living around the world in tropical waters. While they may look cute, don’t underestimate these creatures- they are one of the most predatory animals in the world. They are renowned for eating crabs, fish, and even each other, and they don’t make great pets- some have been known to break out of their aquariums.

7. Horseshoe Bats
We all know that bats use echolocation to find their way around and to hunt prey, but horseshoe bats are particularly adept at this. Their sound-based detection method is far superior to similar manmade devices, so researchers are trying to replicate their ability.

6. Whale Fins
Whales seem to majestically glide through the oceans with minimal effort, but even our best aquatic technology struggles to keep up in such an efficient way. By studying humpbacks, researchers have found that, what initially appears like an unimportant feature, is actually crucial to their ability to swim.

5. Sea Sponges
Looking at a sea sponge you might not immediately realize what they could possibly have that outdoes modern technology, but some of them are harboring a secret ability. They are able to extract silicon from the surrounding seawater, and use it to create the spiky filaments that cover their body- and it's this process that's of interest to scientists, in particular, those involved in the production methods of solar panels.

4. Bamboo Scaffolding
If you were involved in building an apartment block, what material would you want the scaffolding to be made from to feel safe? Probably you'd say steel or at least a metal of some sort, but one of nature's most prolific plants has been used for centuries in construction and, in some parts of the world, is still the main type of construction material that’s used.

3. Pollinators
Bees are one of the most important creatures on earth and, along with other pollinators, are responsible for the pollination of around 75 percent of the crops that we rely on. To do this, they are nimble, able to fly in difficult environments, and can navigate between plants like you or I would go to a store. There's a problem, though, and that is that bee populations have been declining, and this poses a real issue for companies in charge of food production.

2. Kingfishers
Have you ever been fortunate enough to see a Kingfisher bird, around a pond or lake, hunting? They are majestic creatures, that can swoop down and pull a meal from the water with seemingly very little effort. The physics behind this ability, though is very complicated. The birds, with their large heads, are able to push their beaks into water with minimal splashing- something other similarly sized birds are unable to do.

1. Firefly Light Bulbs
If you've ever seen a swarm of fireflies buzzing around, then you'll know how vivid and brilliant the light they create can be. It's formed by a chemical reaction in specialized cells called ‘photocytes’, which results in light being emitted through a specially adapted part of their exoskeleton called the cuticle.

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