Thermoregualtion

Thermoregulation in the News

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thermoregulation news The topic of thermoregulation is not often in the news, which is strange as most of our daily live activities, like eating, are close connected to this system. Here a few news items which give you a sneak preview of this fascinating system: Blood vessels in their heads kept big dinos from overheating […]

Biomimicry

Cool hot flower

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The sacred lotus attracts pollinators by producing heat through a nonphosphorylating electron transport pathway that releases energy by electron flow through an alternative respiratory pathway. Read more about the Lotus: //asknature.org/strategy/electron-flow-generates-heat/#.XJNYwihKiUk . Also the waterlilly knows this trick, see video below:

Biomimicry

Big ears to cool down!

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“Elephants, too, have huge ears relative to body size, and they are also used for temperature regulation. It has been shown that blood passing through the ears of an African elephant may lose as much as 9?C of heat, a valuable cooling device in the hot African summer”. You can find about about 100 strategies […]

Biomimicry

Awsome, brown fat

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“Ground squirrels, which replenish their fat supplies regularly during hibernation, can awaken from their deep sleep in less than three hours. In this time, large amounts of fat are burned as fuel to raise the body temperature. This is accompanied by intense shivering and muscle contraction, which also generate heat”. Read more about brown fat […]

Agriculture

Biomimicry, honeybees & beehives

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“A honey bee colony is characterized by high genetic diversity among its workers, generated by high levels of multiple mating by its queen. Few clear benefits of this genetic diversity are known. Reed the complete story on www.asknature.org: . //asknature.org/strategy/varying-response-thresholds-aid-hive-thermoregulation/#.XJNVLihKiUk

Biomimicry

Pelican pouch for thermoregulation

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“The gular pouch is used for prey capture in the pelicans, courtship displays in the frigatebirds, and thermoregulation in most species. Blood flow to the pouch of the pelican is supplied through midline vessels that send branches laterally and through subramal vessels that send branches medially into the gular . Reed the complete story on […]

Biomimicry

Polar Bear special by NHM

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The National History Museum in London made a special about polar bears, explaining how the polar bear fur functions, part of this exhibition is a video: Twitter – //twitter.com/NHM_London/status/1100699124033298432 Facebook – //www.facebook.com/naturalhistorymuseum/videos/1519055654896748/ Instagram – //www.instagram.com/p/BuYZitXBPq0/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Asknature also features a great story about the insulating fur of polarbears. Polar bears living in the Arctic Circle survive in one of […]