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Old 08-12-2012, 11:41 AM
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Scientists Create Bird Stopping Glass Inspired By Spider Web

A special glass coating, inspired by spider webs, has been used in the UK for the first time.

A lookout tower at Lindisfarne has installed it to protect the hundreds of species that flock to the island off the north-east coast of England.

The Ornilux glazing reflects ultraviolet light which can be seen by birds but appears invisible to humans.

Tests suggest it can cut bird strikes by about two-thirds, and work is being done to improve it further.

The technology was developed by the German company Arnold Glas.

"A friend of the owner of the company saw an article about the Orb-weaver spider," said the firm's export manager Natalie Kopp.

"Its web reflects UV light protecting it from being destroyed by birds as they can see it and do not fly through. The idea of developing a coating for glass... inspired by nature was born on the same evening.

"Development of the product took some years, and there were many glass and coating types tested before the current Mikado coating was found to be effective."

Mikado is the German name for the game Pick-up sticks. It was chosen because the pattern looks like the sticks after they have been scattered on the ground.

The firm tested its Ornilux glass at a flight tunnel at a US nature reserve.

Birds were encouraged to fly to the end of the facility which was covered with two types of glass - one containing the Mikado coating, the other without. A net was used and the firm says no birds were injured.

The experiment suggested that the innovation would prevent birds flying into coated glass in 66-68% of all cases.

The safety measure comes at a cost. The product is significantly more expensive than alternative measures such as placing semi-transparent UV-coated stickers across windows.

But it has the advantage that it does not spoil the view for humans.


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Re: Scientists Create Bird Stopping Glass Inspired By Spider Web

awesome! probably thousands of people watched the very same show and just one of them manages to link the info into an idea for a new and beneficial product.

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Re: Scientists Create Bird Stopping Glass Inspired By Spider Web

Spiders webs are stronger than any man made material in a pound for pound weigh-in.

If they manage to create a material similar to it, the amount of things you could use with it would be enormous.

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this is the glass

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Re: Scientists Create Bird Stopping Glass Inspired By Spider Web

Bird stopping glass?

Now i have heard it all

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