Free Biomimicry online course

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My daughter’s eyelashes, the tiger’s tongue, and other grooming devices -Dr. David Hu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lecture: Tuesday, February 7th at 2pm at ICE 7-395, University of Alberta

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Animals are automated cleaning machines.  They are covered with specialized hairs and spikes that can remove and even prevent particles from landing in the first place, using methods that have no modern equivalent.  In this talk, I discuss how animals groom, from labradors to tigers.  We use high-speed and time-lapse videography to show how dogs shake off water, eyelashes deflect air flow, and cats keep their fur clean.  Special attention is paid to using theoretical models and advances in 3D printing to discovering new principles in soft, self-cleaning systems.

Dr. David Hu is a mechanical engineer who studies the interactions of animals with water.  He has discovered how dogs shake dry, how insects walk on water, and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying.  He was awarded the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics, and defended basic research in a Scientific American article, “Confessions of a wasteful scientist.”. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, he earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from M.I.T., and is now Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech.  His work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and Highlights for Children.  He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports and The Journal of Experimental Biology.

Photo credit: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Biomimicry keeps hope alive –Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker, Via: Inhabitat

“… it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Change is inevitable, and life is resilient to it.”

Read full article:  http://inhabitat.com/how-to-keep-hope-alive-under-donald-trump-biomimicry/

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The great energy transition is underway. –Danny Kennedy

If you still have any doubts that the future of wealth, economies and jobs are based on renewables, check out this talk. If you get impatient, skip to the facts shown from minute  9:26.

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The great energy transition is underway. Renewable electricity build-out is outpacing dirty projects. Global greenhouse gas emissions have flatlined, but the transition isn’t happening fast enough to significantly arrest climate change. Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity and Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, draws from lessons learned over decades as an activist and entrepreneur on the frontlines of the global energy transition. He illustrates his vision of how to achieve clean energy accessible to people of all classes, cultures and countries in a distributed, decentralized and democratized system.

Introduction by David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission.

This speech was given at the 2016 National Bioneers Conference.

“Nearly all living humans are 50th cousins or closer”

“…if you are not a Bacteria or Archaea, you are an Eukaryote”

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[Thanks Bor-Kai Hsiung for sharing this Tree of Life Explorer / evogeneao with us!]