Attacking bacteria with shark skin-inspired surfaces

Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But scientists are finding that sharks could inspire a new type of surface that would attack bacteria, helping humans instead ...

The math of shark skin

"Sharks are almost perfectly evolved animals. We can learn a lot from studying them," says Emory mathematician Alessandro Veneziani.

Manmade artificial shark skin boosts swimming

People have thought for decades that the rough skin of sharks may give them a swimming boost and now scientists from Harvard University have made the first ever realistic simulated shark skin. They also measured that the ...

Aviation industry dons 'shark skins' to save fuel

In its never-ending quest to develop more aerodynamic, more fuel-efficient aircraft, the aviation industry believes the ocean's oldest predator, the shark, could hold the key to cutting energy consumption.

Butterfly wings inspire new high-tech surfaces

A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio. Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic ...

Smalleye pigmy sharks' bellies shine

Smalleye pigmy sharks have an eye-catching party trick: Their bellies glow. However, instead of being a giveaway, Julien Claes and Jérôme Mallefet from Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, have shown ...

Amazing skin gives sharks a push

Shark skin has long been known to improve the fish's swimming performance by reducing drag, but now George Lauder and Johannes Oeffner from Harvard University show that in addition, the skin generates thrust, giving the fish ...

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