Biomimetic file 155: Radiation Sensing

New instruments developed to look inside nuclear reactors inspired from cats eyes 


Image source: Nuclear reactor at Reed College by Don McCullough, via Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0 

Highlight: “Researchers from Lancaster University in England have developed a camera that is able to see the radiation emitted by nuclear reactors. The team, led by Jonathan Beaumont, has drawn inspiration from the eyes of cats and believes this technology will boost safety and efficiency in nuclear power plants, as well as provide necessary assistance in case of nuclear disaster emergencies.. ”

Insight: Our human visual senses are very restricted compared with the rest of the animal kingdom as we only see a narrow band of the light wavelengths. Many species however see through a much broader spectrum and some in a totally different wavelength such as UV or Infrared. By studying species physiological adaptions with regards to the capture of specific wavelengths, new instruments could be inspired for a range of light analysis applications…

More information: here

What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…



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