DailyDirt: Learning From Nature
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Biology has solved a lot of problems over millions of years, so we might as well try to learn from it. Here are just a few examples of using biological systems to help improve our own technology.
- Slime mold can be used to verify the efficiency of Japan’s railroad networks. Creating a food map of Japan and letting mold grow over it sounds like a fun science project for kids! [url]
- Researchers in distributed computing problems are learning from insect nervous systems. By studying how a fruit fly develops its sensory organs, we can learn the strategies of biological evolution and apply similar techniques to technological problems. [url]
- Security software that mimics ant behavior is a project that’s been around for awhile. So the bad guys are probably already writing ant-eater malware…. [url]
- To discover more interesting biological curiosities, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.