Body buffers thermal variations: sea star
The body of sea stars helps buffer thermal variations experienced in low tide by taking up and storing cold sea water during high tide.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Buffer temperature fluctuations in buildings, computer equipment by adding a fluid.|
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"One starfish has a remarkable strategy to avoid overheating in the sun, scientists have discovered.
"The starfish pumps itself up with cold seawater to lower its body temperature when exposed to the sun at low tide.
"It is equivalent to a person drinking seven litres of water before heading into the midday sun, scientists say" (Bourton 2009)
Pisaster ochraceus (Brandt, 1835)
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Buffer temperature fluctuations in buildings, computer equipment by adding a fluid.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Electronics, computer science, building, construction, manufacturing
University of South Carolina, Department of Biological Sciences