Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wingsuit



Following my last post's theme, here is another example of the magic of nature being used for human technology. There are squirrels native to North American that are called flying squirrels. They don't really fly, they glide, but you get the point. Well, now sky divers have these suits called Wingsuits or Squirrel suits, that allow them to glide like those squirrels. It looks so cool and so dangerous!! Here is a video clip showing a wingsuit in action.

I've never done any sky diving, and I'd like to think my adventurous side would jump given the chance (pun intended!) but I just don't know. I watch the reality show Amazing Race when it's on and they almost always have to jump from something. I think I could...I think I could...I think I could... (BTW, I would love to be on that show, The Amazing Race. It's totally awesome!)

Anyway, just another example of amazing nature we learn from. And, it brings to mind a question. If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you choose to be? I could see chosing a bird because it would be so awesome to fly...but then I think maybe a dolphin because I'd love to explore the ocean. However, I see my yellow labrador's cushy life of being fed, pet and played with nonstop and that sounds nice too.

So, here's my question to you. What animal would you be for the day? And, feel free to choose more than one, if you want!! Be sure and tell me why!!


I just found another news story about nature inspiring technology. A sea cucumber inspires nano-material which researchers say open up a plethora of biomedical applications for this new malleable material such as artificial nervous systems for patients with Parkinson's Disease, stroke or spinal cord injuries. See the article here.


And, this news story is important because it shares my name, Rhea.

9 comments:

Kori Ellien said...

What animal would I be for a day...

Bird, for all the obvious reasons. Ant, so that I would always remember the little things in life.
Tiger, to know how to struggle and still be one of the strongest.
and last but not least, Butterfly, so that I may fly and be admired. :)

Excellent blog, BTW...great questions! The Tibetan Personality test, pretty darn cool...

Rhea said...

Thank you, Kori! I love the animals you chose.

tui said...

a flying squirrel suit.. wow!

think i'm just like you. always envied birds, i'd trade being human forever, i think, to be a bird.

but then, i'm fascinated by what's down deep under the sea, it'd be amazing to explore those nooks and crannies... maybe as a two-headed sea serpent... one of those giant ones that sometimes feature on ancient treasure maps.

hmmm... it's a tough decision.

a dinosaur would be pretty cool, too.
t

Rhea said...

I hadn't thought of a dinosaur. That could be fun.

Erin said...

This is a really cool topic! I enjoyed this post. And the Gnome Mobile was really funny.

Rhea said...

Thanks, Erin!

tearese said...

have you heard about the spider goats? Scientists have introduced some spider dna into goats, and some of them can produce the protein for spider silk in their milk! The reason they're experimenting with this, is of course spider silk is incredibly strong, and if they could mass produce it they could use it for tons of things. I know theres a video clip about it somewhere, but I'm too lazy to find it right now.

tearese said...

oh...I'm not saying I would BE a spider goat, just thought it was interesting.

Rhea said...

The spider silk in goat milk sounds wild! I'll have to look into that. Thanks!