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Accueil > Actualités > Séminaires > Séminaires 2008

Jeudi 17 janvier 2008 à 14h00 - Amphi J - ENSHMG

John W. M. Bush (Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics - Department of Mathematics, 2-392 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA 02139-430)

Titre/Title :
Surface tension and wetting in biology

Contact :
Jan-Bert Flor

Résumé/Abstract :

We present the results of recent investigations of several biological systems dominated by the influence of surface tension. Particular attention is given to elucidating natural strategies for water-repellency, underwater breathing, fluid transport on a small scale, and walking on water. Examples are primarily taken from the world of insects, but capillary feeding in shorebirds is also highlighted.