The common or Eurasian kingfisher (depicted above on the left), and the belted kingfisher (depicted above on the right).
The nose of Japan’s 500 series bullet train was fabricated to mimic the design inherent in the beak of a kingfisher to reduce drag and improve aerodynamics as the train exits tunnels.
The word biomimicry means to mimic life; the adjective form of the word is biomimetics.
Because biomimicry is such an innovative and unique field of study, we at Ashland Creation Colloquium are dedicating a series that covers this topic to help shed further light on it. We are calling the series Biomimicry 101. Our aim is to showcase creation. Creation is the biblical account of everything concerning our world and the universe (i.e., the who, what, when, where, and why (and probing the how)).
What follows are two selected excerpts from the introduction to the series:
…Yet, even as their beaks pierce the water, breaking the water’s surface tension, a kingfisher barely creates a ripple….
…It was this ability, the zeroing out of the point-of-entry pressure wave, which made a distinct impression on the 500 series’ architects. And it was inspiration subject to that impression which ended up being the key to solving the problematic sonic boom dilemma….
The focus of this series seeks to relate the benefits of biomimicry on the humanities, and the topics that will be surveyed are as follows:
- Cardiovascular Medicine
- Other Medical Applications
- Fire Extinguishers, Winglets, and Wings
- Insert: On Eagles Wings
- Water Purification Systems
- Human Gait: Biomechanics/Kinesiology
- For More Information (and Education)
- Concluding Remarks