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Four Futuristic Technologies Inspired By Sharks #sharkweek @sharkweek #technology

Four Futuristic Technologies Inspired By Sharks #sharkweek @sharkweek #technology

Shark skin is a masterpiece of evolution. Made to allow the shark to be perfectly streamlined, scientists have realized it can improve many other items as well. Yvonne Wilke, Volkmar Stenzel and Manfred Peschka of the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a paint based on the textured skin of sharks that will help make the blades of wind turbines spin more effectively. The researchers also believe the paint could be applied to airplanes and save as much as 4.5 million tons of fuel if used on every plane, and they estimate that it could reduce wall friction on container ships which could lead to a 2,000-ton fuel savings annually.

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