6 modern technologies that use animals for more than a million years (6 photos)

Humanity is proud of its technology. It seems to us that they elevate us above all other biological species.

However, analogs of at least some "outstanding" achievements of our science animals used when a person is in the world, and yet there was no trace ...

1. Termites use hydrogen energy

As long as companies and governments spend billions of dollars trying to build a future, based on hydrogen energy, tiny creatures nesmyshlёnye using this technology for millions of years.

You think what tirelessly termites gnaw our homes? Not out of spite. Their bodies - the most that neither is perfect bioreactors. They are processed pulp in hydrogen and then use its energy. From a single sheet of paper is obtained as much as two liters of hydrogen - like performance for a long time we would only dream of. In the body of the termite lives about 200 different species of bacteria. Together they make up something like a miniature chemical plant.

And it is not only energy invention termites. They are able to build building height of ten meters with a specific air-conditioning system. During construction, they somehow take into account the shape of the hill and the location within the tunnel. As a result, air circulates in accuracy to provide ventilation strategic objects (e.g., they have a greenhouse where they were grown specific fungi).

2. Cuttlefish are equipped with built-in flat-screen

Cuttlefish - representative of group of cephalopods. Almost everyone who has teeth (including humans) cuttlefish seems awfully tasty. So her not to die out, it is necessary especially to dodge. Pride security cuttlefish - the ability to almost completely merge with the environment. They change color almost instantly. And not only the colors, but even skin structure.

How do they do it? They have something like an analogue of our flat screens TVs that cover every centimeter of their bodies. Cuttlefish skin is made up of multi-colored layers, so while reducing the tiny muscles in it can appear almost any image - even Mona Lisa, if necessary.

It is not an exaggeration. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other research institutions have created a flat TV screen, based on the principle of cuttlefish skin. It is made out of layered polymers, which expand under the influence of different voltage, something like cuttlefish skin. The simplicity and cheapness karakatitsepodobnogo device allows you to make ultra-thin screen - almost up to one micron

3. Elephants have an idea of ​​Pharmacology

Let's start with the fact that from time immemorial the elephants were treated to what we call geophagy - eating earth, ashes, dirt and various mineral precipitates. So they got rid of the toxins, which could swallow with plants.

Furthermore, it is known that they use particular plants (family Boraginaceae; approx. Mixstuff.ru), to accelerate labor.

Apparently, it's also some kind of medical procedure, do not undertake to assert

At one time, the South African elephants were on the verge of extinction. They managed to survive only thanks to the fact that they were eating Ganoderma - is a genus of fungi of tinder, which is widely used in Chinese medicine as an anticancer and antiviral agent.

4. Spiders invented a diving bell

Imagine for a moment that you are a spider. And, yielding to the call of the charming mermaids, decided to settle in the water. How do you do? You can not live without air.

Out of this situation I have found a spider-diver who went and built his own submarine. Splёl dense spider web in the shape of a ball, she scored in the air and went under the water.

Although Aristotle and described something similar back in the fourth century, the first human diving bell was built only in 1535, the year. By our standards it is quite a long time, but with a 300-millionnoletnim spider experience ridiculous to even compare.

5. Pigeons use navigation system that is much older and more perfect than our


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