Electromagnetic Applications of Biomimetic Research August 31, 2006Posted by healthyself in Animal Research, Bioeffects, Biological Activity, Biological Effects, Biomimetic, Blogroll, Cell phone safety, Cells, Circadian rhythms, Decision Making, Definitions, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, Emergency Medicine, EMF Research, EMF's, EMR, Environment, Funding, GHz, Government's role, Health related, HF, High Frequencies, high voltage transmission lines, Hz, Interdisciplinary, Legal Issues, LF, Lifestyle, Light, Long Term Health Risks, Low Frequencies, Magnetic, MCS, Medical Research, Men's Health, MF, MHz, Microwave exposure, Military, mobile telephones, Monitoring, Noise, Politics, Proteins, Public Policy, Pulsed Radiation, Quantum Physics, Radar, radiation, Research, Risk of Disease, Safe Levels, SHF, State Parks, Transfer, Transformation, transmission, W/Kg, watts, Waves, Who is Affected?, Workplace.
“FOR THE PAST several years, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has been developing sensors capable of detecting electromagnetic radiation across the spectrum–from the infrared (IR), through the visible, and into the ultraviolet regions. These sensors have become integral parts of military weapons systems as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems–and, undoubtedly, the capabilities we have developed are technologically sophisticated. However, many biological systems possess sensing capabilities unmatched by current technologies. For example, the IR-sensitive beetle (Melanophila acuminata) is attracted to fires and smoke 50 kilometers away. (1) These insects are attracted to forest fires because burned trees provide the ideal environment for larvae to develop and hatch into adults. The forest fires emit IR radiation that the beetle detects via a specialized IR sensor known as the IR pit organ or IR sensilla. By understanding the mechanism and the biological processes involved in this IR sensor, one could develop new and improved materials and sensors for Air Force applications.””Literally, the term biomimetics means to imitate life. In a more practical sense, biomimetics is an interdisciplinary effort aimed at understanding biological principles and then applying them to improve existing technology. This process can mean changing a design to match a biological pattern or actually using biological materials, such as proteins, to improve performance.”