Light-transmitting fibers: Venus flower basket
The glass-like fibers of a glass sponge transmit light better than our fiber optics, yet are made from natural materials and at ambient temperatures.
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Euplectella aspergillum Owen, 1841
IUCN Red List Status: Unknown
Habitat(s): Marine Oceanic
Some organism data provided by: Porifera: World Porifera Database
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Fiber optics, semiconductors, and photovoltaic materials. Create bristles for fibers that conduct sunlight into a building's walls where the nanostructures would convert it to electricity.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing, communications