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What do a sea cucumber and an armadillo have in common?

If you have dived into the sea, you've probably seen a chubby and elongated creature known as sea cucumber. This small marine animal, which in some regions is considered a gastronomic delight with medicinal properties, has a soft and supple skin can harden in seconds, turning your dermis in armor. The sea cucumber when it feels threatened undergoes an enzymatic reaction, causing the fiber proteins of his skin are made to form a rigid structure.

What do a kingfisher and a high speed train have in common?

This small, colorful bird has inspired aerodynamics engineering from none other than Japan's bullet train. In the 1990s it was found that each time the train pulled out of a tunnel, the air pressure exerted on its 'nose' created a 'sonic boom' that bothered tremendously residents and wildlife of the area. The solution to this problem was found in the kingfisher. These birds dive into the water without distorting or big splashes. Engineers designed nose imitating Martin peak train, and the result was the elimination of noise in the tunnels and improving energy efficiency by 15% ...

No more fighting for air conditioning thanks to termites

Are you sick and tired of arguing with your office mates for the air conditioning? Do not despair: the solution lies with the termites. In Easter mall in Harare, Zimbabwe, there is a well-known building in architecture: the Eastgate Centre. It covers half a block and combines an office complex with a shopping mall. Like the african termite mounds Macrotermes michaelseni, Eastgate mall is ventilated, heated and cooled by entirely natural resources...

Biomimetics: swimsuits that mimic shark skin and more

The more significant scientific innovations are based on the imitation of nature. The fascinating ability of certain living creatures to adhere to surfaces, repel water, tighten the skin or generate energy from sunlight has inspired art research in the context of what is known as biomimetics. The term, which literally means imitating life, was introduced by the American Otto Schmitt in the 1950s, when he studied the development of electronic devices based on the nervous system of the squid.

Fantastic Plastic: from the desk to the hood

As part of the agreement signed between the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) and San José del Parque School from Madrid, Dr. Mario Hoyos has conducted a three days research project in the ICTP-CSIC labs to four students of 1º Bachelor’s Degree under the outreach activity entitled “Fantastic Plastic". During the research activity a luminescent and superhydrophobic multifunctional material was performed. With these activities, framed within the AGAPE Project, Dr. Mario Hoyos and the ICTP-CSIC seek to encourage young students interest in polymer science.

The Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded a grant to Mario for conducting this outreach activity!!!!

About AGAPE

The AGAPE International Incoming Fellowship has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-PEOPLE-IIF-2012) under grant agreement n° 327563 – AGAPE –

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