MEMS Seminar: Ants, Tiger Tongues & the Ig Nobel Prize

May 10

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A

Presenter

Professor David Hu

Fluid mechanics can show up in surprising places. In the wetlands of Brazil, fire ants link their bodies together to form waterproof rafts. These rafts are both liquid and solid, able to safely bounce off rocks or flow through branches. When a tiger grooms itself, individual spatula on its tongue provide targeted cleaning to individual hairs. A few years ago, a routine diaper change with my son led me to a new diagnostic tool for bladder health and the Ig Nobel Prize at Harvard University. In this talk, I'll discuss how to turn daily observations into opportunities for worldwide engagement with science.He has defended his work from a senator: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/confessions-of-a-wasteful-scientist/Videos of his work are here:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/science/ants-that-can-flow-like-a-fluid-or-move-like-a-solid.html?_r=0https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/science/frogs-sticky-spit-video.html?_r=0https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/11/29/a-cats-sandpapery-tongue-is-actually-a-magical-detangling-hairbrush/?utm_term=.1fc4f04699adLunch will be served 11:30 am - 12:00 noon.

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Contact

Siler, Katherine
919-660-5312
katherine.siler@duke.edu