The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

August 26, 2013 by  
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Charles Darwin was a man inordinately fond of beetles. He once caught a rare specimen in one hand, when another, even more remarkable, beetle showed up. He snatched that one up with his other hand. Suddenly, an extraordinary third species crawled past. Darwin, in despair over losing any of them, popped the first one in his mouth. With “unspeakable disgust and pain” he discovered it was a Bombardier Beetle—the only known creature to mix a boiling hot chemical explosion inside its own body. As it squirted livid acid down his throat, he spit the “little inconsiderate beast” out, and all three beetles made their getaway. The Bombardier is a six-legged tank, fitted with two little weapons of destruction: a pair of deadly, swiveling rocket launchers, firing high-pressure clouds of hot, acrid gas to injure shrews, birds, and frogs, and kill would-be invertebrate predators. So, what can we learn from this acerbic little bug? Read on to learn more in our latest installation of The Biomimicry Manual . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beetles , bioinspired design , biomimicry , Bombardier beetle , bugs and design , fuel injection , green design , green innovation , inspired designs        

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Shelburne Museum for the Arts Adds a Light-Filled LEED Addition to Its Beautiful Campus

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Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

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Wildfire spending soared past $1 billion last week as over fifty fires blazed out of control across the Western U.S. When the U.S. Forest Service budget dwindled down to just $50 million during the peak wildfire season, the agency was forced to divert $600 million in funds from timber, recreation, and other areas to fill the gap. As these destructive infernos rapidly increase in recent years, studies show climate change as the main cause behind the flames. Read the rest of Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change wildfires , fire season , forest policy reform , us forest service , wildfire , wildfire budget , wildfire policy        

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Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

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