Biomimicry = solution for us all ?

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  1. chrischris

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    Given what we spend and waste on buildings and transport and other essentials of a good life , could Biomimicry be the answer to our design and economy problems?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZODvr_GzNc4

    Is it a better standard for enginnering than the current one and can it scale?
     
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  2. Topspin Shot

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    An answer? Sure. The answer? No.
     
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    Why not the answer?

    Compared to the current idea of buy and trash, it seems a better idea.
     
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    ...to digress, a bit.

    Babolat NCT Tour Racquet Review

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    Babolat continues to be ahead of the game with its Nano Carbon Technology (NCT) racquets. With a lot of interest and research into nanotechnology currently being conducted by NASA, racquet construction on the nanometer level can be considered space age. While more and more uses for nanotechnology are becoming apparent, many scientists believe we are still far from realizing its potential. Technology pundits currently liken nanotechnology to the position of the plastics industry in the 1930s or the computer industry in the late 1950s.

    To get a feel for the intricacy of nano construction you need to know that a nanometer is 75,000 times smaller than the width of a hair plucked from the top of your head. Structurally, the nanotube is like a single carbon sheet wrapped into a cylinder. Single-walled nanotubes are believed to be mostly defect-free, leading to high strength despite their low density. For Babolat (and for you), that means stiffer, more powerful frames without an increase in weight. Going by the 71 points stiffness rating and the low 300 point swingweight we recorded on our RDC machine, it seems that the Nano Carbon does indeed increase stiffness without adding weight. However, the benefits of nanotubes doesn't come cheap. According to Babolat, the Nano Carbon in the NCT racquets is more valuable than gold.

    P.S. It's my favourite serving racquet! Really big serve!;)
    P.P.S. review was done by TW in 2004.


     
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  5. chrischris

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    Duuuhhhh..?
     
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    Just jive talkin', sorry man. Had about 9 shots in half an hour.:grin: This will be it for me in a while.:-| Anyways, just to put it in perspective nanotech has been prevalent decades ago...
     
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  7. movdqa

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    Just another option in the engineer's toolkit.
     
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    Movdqa beat me to it.
     
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    "Sustainable technology" is an oxymoron
     
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    Simply not true.
     
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    Why?????????
     
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    Biomimetics have been used in various processes for decades, at least. Velcro is a classic and rudimentary example, and it's been in use since 1948.
    I don't think they are/will be the answer to all of our problems, but materials and processes are currently being developed which would allow us to mimic or, in some cases, surpass biological systems in performance. Keep in mind that biological processes have been streamlined by natural selection and "tailored" to facilitate life/survival, with certain constraints from previous generations of organisms (i.e. not the most efficient but efficient enough) - they don't necessarily serve applicable purposes for solving problems in human economy. They do serve as conceptual bases for certain problems though, so the more we develop our techniques, the more options we have.
     
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    Nanotubes have been around for ages being used in ultra lightweight designs. If they have developed a new technology using nature for design then they don't want us to have it yet. The tech we know today is way behind what governments keeps secret.
     
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    Led Zeppelin is GOAT
     
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    There are areas where the opposite approach is used such as biomedical engineering. An example of this that's been around for a long time is glasses. Other examples, crutches, cane, wheelchair, sling, pacemaker, kineseo tape, hearing aid.
     
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    More like cradle snatching.:)
     
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    De quoi?....
     
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    It's the massive hangover talking.:) Guess I should just stick with Deep Purple fanboyism.;)
     
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    Heehee.. yes maybe you should.. but what do you think about
    the topic of the thread?

    Check it out.. that way there may be less smoke on the water:)
     
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    Quite frankly, lots of the biomimicry had been in existence and on-going for a while now (decades).
     
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    double post
     
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    Never said it was a brand new idea but it should be used much much more as a standard if we are to prosper and enjoy life now and in the longer term
     
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