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Awesome Innovations Inspired by Sharks

Awesome Innovations Inspired by Sharks

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ISBN: 9781680206098.00

Dewey Number: 600.0

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Sharks are perfect predators. These toothy fish have super senses for finding prey. We fear sharks but we also learn from them. The study of shark skin has led to many new inventions. Some species can even glow in the dark. New undersea drones swim like sharks. More discoveries await in the awesome world of sharks.

Gr 4-6–Young readers who are fascinated by animals will enjoy these titles that showcase examples of biomimicry. Photos depict animals and the innovations they have inspired; “Fun Facts” offer extra details. The text explains the problems researchers are trying to solve and how nature offers possible solutions. Examples include the Japanese bullet train with a nose like a kingfisher’s beak and coatings based on sharkskin that reduce bacteria on surfaces. Back matter features a recap of key concepts and a list of suggestions for those who would like to pursue a career as an engineer, architect, or inventor. VERDICT A wonderful set to use in covering engineering and design standards.--School Library Journal, November 1, 2020  

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