Humanity is proud of its technology. We think 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 that is based on the energy of hydrogen, tiny creatures nesmyshlёnye use similar technology for millions of years.
Think why termites tirelessly gnaw our homes? Not out of spite. Their bodies - the most that neither is perfect bioreactors. They recycle pulp in hydrogen and then use its energy. From a single sheet of paper is obtained for two liters of hydrogen - like performance for a long time, we will only dream about. 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 know how to erect a building height of ten meters with a specific conditioning. During the construction they somehow take into account the shape of the hill and the location inside the tunnels. As a result, the air circulates exactly to provide ventilation strategically important objects (for example, they have a greenhouse, where they grow special 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 for her to not 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 color, but also the structure of the skin.
How do they do it? They have something like analog flat our television screens that cover every inch 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 the Mona Lisa, if necessary.
It is not an exaggeration. Scientists at 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 that expand under the influence of different voltage, something like cuttlefish skin. Simplicity and low cost karakatitsepodobnogo device allows you to make screen ultra-thin - almost up to one micron
3. Elephants have an idea of Pharmacology
Let's start with the fact that the elephants were treated from time immemorial that we call geophagic activity - eating earth, ashes, dirt and various mineral precipitates. So they got rid of the toxins, which could swallow with plants.
In addition, it is known that they use special plants (borage family; approx. Mixstuff.ru), to speed up labor.
Apparently, this is also a 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 anti-cancer and anti-viral agent.
4. Spiders invented diving bell
Imagine for a moment that you are a spider. And that, yielding to the call of the lovely mermaids, decided to settle in the water. How do you do it? You can not live without air.
Out of this situation have found a spider-diver who went and built his own submarine. Splёl dense spider web in the form of a ball, scored it in the air and came down into 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
Despite his reputation as a stupid bird that only knows how to shit where no hitting, dove (especially post) also has one very important advantage - the navigation system as well which we have not yet been invented.
You can take a carrier pigeon, put in the trunk of his car, and drive hundreds of kilometers - in the place where the bird had never been never. Release and she will find a way home. Registered cases where pigeons were doing way back in 1800 kilometers.
Scientists once did not try to explain this phenomenon, including the theory that pigeons somehow guided by the magnetic fields of the Earth.
During World War II, America pulled down a lot of money on research project codenamed "Project dove", who has studied the possibility of using carrier pigeons guidance system. Before the bird exhibited screen on which images are projected area, "the live" with the nose guided munitions. From pigeon to peck at the screen required electrical contacts, keeping thus "sight" on the subject.
Anything from them, however, did not work.
6. Among the Malaysian ants have bombers
Mandibular gland Malaysian ant soldier stretch the entire length of his body. This is no accident. These glands are filled with poison. If such ant enters into an unequal battle and at some point realize that the enemy can not win, he inflates these glands that they explode. The explosion is so strong that the head is completely detached from the body and poison scatters in all directions.
So the invasion of predators if force is clearly not equal, these ants are waiting until around them gather more enemies and ... detonate.
And more. What we still have not reached, and it is unknown whether achieve this cycle of substances, waste-free production, as in nature. Humanity today, can only consume from nature and throw upotreblёnnoe to waste. We can only parasitize. A wildlife constantly have to deal with our waste.