Blind Cavefish, and what they can teach us about getting less sleep

The Mexican cavefish have no eyes, little pigment, and require about two hours of sleep per night to survive.

Imagine what you could do with those extra hours! So we should ask cavefish, how do they do it?

Read more about that very research here.

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Interdisciplinary research to the rescue!

Many a engineering accomplishment has actually been guided by biological inspiration. For example, Velcro was invented after Swiss engineer George de Mestral picked burrs from the fur of his dog and the high speed Japanese train has an aerodynamic front shaped like a kingfisher’s beak.

And what’s more, bioinspiration and biomimicry (the imitation of biological traits or systems in non biological applications) has had a surge of interest.

Read all about it over at nature!

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