Skip to comments.Insect Wing Photocopied for Good
Posted on 11/16/2009 9:05:06 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
Nov 15, 2009 Biomimetics is the new science of imitating nature but why not save a step, and just copy the design directly? Thats what Aussie and British researchers did. They wanted a self-cleaning surface that could repel moisture and dust, so they made a template of an insect wing. And why not? Insects are incredible nanotechnologists, reported Science Daily. Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant.
Insect wings have these properties due to their properties at the scale of billionths of a meter. For instance, some wings are superhydrophobic, due to a clever combination of natural chemistry and their detailed structure at the nanoscopic scale, the article said. This means that the wing cannot become wet, the tiniest droplet of water is instantly repelled. Likewise, other insect wing surfaces are almost frictionless, so that any tiny dust particles that might stick are sloughed away with minimal force. Thats a dream surface for many human applications. Instead of having to invent a surface by imitation, the research team is developing a way to use the wing as a natural template to cast a polymer surface that duplicates the exact structure of the wing onto silicone gel. One of the advantages of this approach is that no prior design of the surface of the material is needed and so the team can exploit the enormous diversity of surface types from different insects and so produce materials with specific characteristics.
Evolution was only mentioned once in the opening paragraph: The surfaces of many insect wings have evolved properties materials scientists only dream of for their creations. Evolution and creation sometimes make strange bedfellows.
Next time you see a tiny little gnat flying around, take a better look at it. Would you have thought that its wings have such amazing properties that top researchers want to copy it? Who trained those little insects to be incredible nanotechnologists?
Good grief, evolution has nothing to do with it. This is design from beginning to end. Its design in the tiniest of flying creatures that is so good, materials scientists dream of their creations. Humans create; so does their Creator. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but plagiarism is copying some other Designers work without giving credit.
Program Note: this is the 600th entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines tagged with Amazing Facts. Follow the Chain Links back through the past 9 years and you will find a wealth of incredible facts about design in nature. Thats plenty of material to leave Charlie perpetually sick, wondering how his hopeless little speculation will ever explain them. He gets sicker listening to the joyful sound of Christians across town singing with more and more gusto, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.
I hate it when people photocopy for Bad.
Somewhere there is a super-secrete facilty containing Einsteinian hexi-peds with little lab coats and pocket protectors. We humanoids just had to schlep our way here from lucky apes.
Um...no they're not. Their Creator is!
Actually, all living things are incredible “nanotechnologists”, as described by the author. I think what he really means though is that they are incredible nano-technology machines.
All living things consume food of some sort and break it down at the molecular level to convert it to things like Muscle, organs, etc. We all convert matter at the “nano” level.
With the exception of Mercury and other things, you are NOT what you eat. Your body turns it into something else. Sugar becomes fat, etc. And that is actually quite amazing.
God was right...
His creation is GOOD...
I’m going to implement your solution this very evening. I have a wasp nest just above by garage door. I want to see how fast it works. Wish me luck!
Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant.
PLEASE show me a zero-friction wing...LOVE to see it.
Retraction #1 already, they went from "frictionless" to "almost frictionless".
Again, use of the word "design"...check.
OYG....something in nature is extremely efficient!! That must mean Man walked the Earth with 100+ species of large meat eating dinosaurs!!!
??????????????? Quite a leap, don’t you think.
Sometimes your replies just baffle all with the depth of your intellect ..... not!
Luke 12:27 (New International Version)
27”Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Don’t sit on the glass! The secretaries in our office called everyone down to see what had happened one weekend. The photocopier had numerous copies of a woman’s butt with male hands under it and the glass on top was broken. No one fessed up, but the woman was thin, which ruled out several members of the office.
ES, you really are amusing. Feel free to post opposing articles touting evolution and then stand by them and answer criticism. It is much easier to heckle than defend.
I see a pattern where your biggest concern seemd to be dinosaurs. Fear not!! They are indeed gone.
I also notice you do not make public your own ‘faith’ or lack there of. Just observations here.
Why should anyone have make public their faith to post anything on this site. This is not a religious site.
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