In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away
~~Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.They do not freeze totally solid, but they do freeze mostly solid for seven months, then they thaw and hop away | LA Times~~
The year in biomimicry: Robots inspired by cheetahs and moon jellies
The well-known glow from fireflies is an example of bioluminescence and is caused by the reaction of luciferin with the enzyme luciferase. A team at Syracuse University has been able to produce a stronger light from this method. Applications may include night-vision goggles, cameras and possibly zero-energy lighting displays.
Biomimicry Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Renewable Energy and Efficiency
A school of snappers arranges itself to reduce drag and increase efficiency, much as a flock of geese flies in a "V". Arranging vertical turbines in a school-of-fish pattern allows them to be placed closer together without the turbines' wakes interfering. "We wanted to achieve something similar [to fish schools], where instead of minimizing energy consumed we wanted to maximize energy generated," said Dabiri, of California Institute of Technology's Center for Bioinspired Engineering.