Breakthrough device is ‘100% successful’ in protecting swimmers from sharks

April 11, 2018 by  
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Though it may not feel it in some places, summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere and with warmer weather comes a rise in shark attacks. To protect swimmers and surfers from oceanic predators, scientists in Australia have developed a surfboard with LED lights on the underside that may deter shark attacks. In studying the ways in which sharks see and interact with the world around them, the research team at Macquarie University uncovered a surprisingly simple method to hide the silhouettes of surfers from sharks below that has so far proven to be “100% successful” in trials. “Pure basic research can sometimes lead to unexpected applications and potentially contribute to life-saving technology,” study leader Dr. Nathan Hart told the  Macquarie Lighthouse . “Studying the sensory systems of sharks and what triggers them to attack, and how they might mistake a human for a seal was where it all started,” Hart says. “It’s taken us to the forefront of developing shark deterrents.” Initial testing of the light-up surfboards in South Africa have shown promising results and the research team is now working with the Taronga Zoo, the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, and a commercial partner to develop a market-ready product. “The designs we have tested have been 100 percent successful in preventing Great white sharks from attacking,” Professor Nathan Hart, associate professor of comparative neurophysiology at Macquarie, said in an interview with The Australian . Related: 512-year-old Greenland shark may be the oldest living vertebrate on Earth The well-lit surfboard as shark deterrent was informed by observations of the natural world. “This strategy is a common strategy used by midwater fish, which are trying to avoid predators swimming below them,” Hart told ABC . “Some of these fish have light-emitting organs on their underside, which put out light and help them to camouflage themselves from the light coming from above. Technology and engineering take inspiration from nature, so we’re really trying to use that inspiration that has evolved over many millions of years, and apply that to a very modern problem.” The team expects to continue their research for the next two years before finalizing a product that can be used by the public. Via Australian Broadcasting Corporation Images via Depositphotos and  Macquarie Lighthouse

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

June 16, 2014 by  
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We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak – but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks! Entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson teamed up with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute to develop a wetsuit that uses scientific data about sharks’ eyesight to prevent life-threatening attacks on humans. Read the rest of World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anti-Shark Wetsuit , Biomimetic Design , biomimicry , diver safety , invisibility cloak , invisibility technology , Radiator anti-shark suits , Shark Attack Mitigation Systems , shark attacks , shark attacks Australia , surfer safety , surfers shark attacks , Western Australia’s (UWA) Oceans Institute , wetsuit design

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Australian Ministry Wants to Cull Great White Sharks After Series of Attacks

July 18, 2012 by  
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Over the past year Australia has seen a series of shark attacks, with five deaths attributed to the Great White Shark . On Saturday, the latest victim – 24-year-old surfer Ben Linden – was fatally wounded by a shark, prompting the Western Australian Fisheries Minister, Norman Moore to call for the federal government to lift a ban on fishing for the protected Great White Shark. Read the rest of Australian Ministry Wants to Cull Great White Sharks After Series of Attacks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian Ministry of Fisheries , ben linden , fatal shark attack , great white shark , Great White Shark attack , ICUN , Ministry of fisheries , protected species , shark attacks

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Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Train Could Travel From Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 Minutes Flat

July 18, 2012 by  
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Tesla Motor’s CEO Elon Musk recently revealed his plans for a new green vehicle, dubbed the “ Hyperloop ” that could transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes flat. Musk (who brought us PayPal and the Tesla Model S electric car ) recently discussed the new transit system, which would be twice as fast as a plane, three to four times faster than a bullet train , and entirely powered by solar energy . Read the rest of Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Train Could Travel From Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 Minutes Flat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , green transportation , Hyperloop , PandoDaily , Solar Power , Telsa , tesla model-s , Tesla Motors , Tesla roadster

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Mexico City Reinterprets the Traditional Flowerpot with Salvaged Materials

July 18, 2012 by  
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One only has to walk a few blocks of Mexico City ’s Roma district to notice street after street lined with curiously shaped planters . Rather than buying new pots to grow urban greenery, many residents of this neighborhood, and others like it, have salvaged unusual containers and converted them into hip and practical planter systems. Jump ahead to see some of our favorite creative planter ideas from this bustling city — we’re sure they’ll inspire a few recycled flowerpot ideas of your own! Read the rest of Mexico City Reinterprets the Traditional Flowerpot with Salvaged Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: curiously shaped planters , diy flower pots , diy planters , eco planters , Mexico City gardening , mexico city Roma district , planters made from recycled materials , recycled bathtub planters , shoe flower pots

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Opus 5 Crowns a 17th-Century Convent With a Glistening Concert Hall

July 18, 2012 by  
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Aine Bunikyte’s Ridged Roof Furniture Brings High Life Dining to Pitched Roofs

July 18, 2012 by  
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Everyone dreams of having their own roof terrace. We could all enjoy a private, cozy space high above the streets with a breathtaking view if it weren’t for those pesky pitched roofs. Lithuanian design student  Aine Bunikyte is about to make those dreams come true with her fantastic and minimalist “Ridged Roof Furniture.”  The design consists of a table and two chairs that attach to a ladder that bends down both sides of a roof’s central ridge, creating a sturdy dining set in the sky. While other members of her class were toiling away on interior designs, Bunikyte thought outside of the box (and house), defying the traditional sloping roof, for one of the most unconventional uses of space we’ve seen. Read the rest of Aine Bunikyte’s Ridged Roof Furniture Brings High Life Dining to Pitched Roofs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , Aine Bunikyte , eco building , eco design , eco furniture , Green Building , green design , green table , lithuania , minimal furniture , outdoor furniture , roof building , roof design , roof furniture , roof table , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , table , uzupis

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Scientists Propose Using Artificial Volcanoes To Stave Off Global Warming

July 18, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Here at Inhabitat, we’ve covered  many unusual geoengineering schemes  that all claim to reverse the effects of climate change and potentially save the world. But this proposal from three U.C.L.A. scientists is one of the weirdest. They believe that  injecting large amounts of sulfate aerosols in to the atmosphere  – in other words, creating a fake volcano – might be the key to staving off the effects of global warming. Read the rest of Scientists Propose Using Artificial Volcanoes To Stave Off Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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