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Final Project, Part 1
October 22, 2010, 5:01 am
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Callistemon trees, also known as Bottlebrushes, are a wonderful design for cleaning tools.  From washing glassware in the lab, these stiff bristles also have an attractive color scheme and could be used as a temple for how function and appearance.


Whale baleen is strong and fine, and made of keratin.  They create a perfect method for scrubbing and sweeping.  They are also quite flexible, able to bend and flex, which would make them an ideal model for brushes of brooms.


Leaf cutter ants harvest leaves from the canopy trees and carry them extreme distances back to there domains.  The foliage is used to feed a garden of fungus, which is managed by a class of ants of a different size than the outside workers.  These ants must work under sterile conditions.  The process by which they clean them selves could provide us with the ideas about possible natural sterility techniques


Giant tubeworms are very efficient at exchange of gasses and nutrients with there feathery like extensions from of the passing water.  These plumes may be the template for development of air purification systems, which could remove dust and other contaminants from homes of offices


Penicillin was first discovered from bread mold.  Since then there have been more compounds isolated from fungi that could have potential antimicrobial effects.  The very nature of the work that saprophobes perform puts them in contact with many potentially lethal bacteria.  It is not hard to see why this is where we should be looking for our disinfectants.


Plant trichomes perform diverse function in plant, for defense, fruit production as well as for gas exchange.  But the fine scale of these hairs could be used to create delicate take wipers, like the Kimwipes we often use in the lab.


Bacteria using inosital phosphate can reclaim uranium from mine drainage.  Engineering production and utilization of these microbes to clean contaminated areas, could significantly reduce our environmental impact as we increase our investments in nuclear energy.


Hair is a very efficient material in its absorbency.  Booms stuffed with hair have already been implemented to absorb oil from the BP Horizon oil spill.  This could be diversified to more applications, such as household spill clean up.


Hyphal strands of fungi are small in diameter and are able to explore small spaces.  With their additional absorptive capacity they could be able to clean substances with high resolution than other instruments


Methanotrophic bacteria consume methane as a carbon source.  Possibly being able to use these organisms to remove methane emissions from waster waters and toilets could improve smell of waste and reduce greenhouse gases


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