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Old 03-21-2012, 02:20 PM
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Default Bioluminiscent sponge gives new ideas to scientists and engineers

A bioluminiscent sponge helps researchers to make glass without a furnace, to develop better buildings and building materials and to develop new improved optical fibers:

Adaptive Material Technologies : Wyss Institute at Harvard


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Seems they are not actually bioluminescent, but they catch bacteria which are.
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Yes, and then they transmit the light through their whole structure, illuminating it. These sponges transmit light better than man made optical fibres.

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More about sponges and light:

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Nature's 'fibre optics' experts

Sea sponges can beam light deep inside their bodies, and do so using the natural equivalent of fibre optic cables, scientists have found.
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Nature's 'fibre optics' experts
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Hmm, if they have a glass-like structure then this really is similar to fibre

It's amazing how many designs are inspired by biology - after all, biological structures are optimised over millions of years while humans have only been doing it for decades. I hope these can be applied to improve designs for communication
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