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Pistol Shrimp

This information was sent by Mr. Joshua Loterena.

“This shrimp has over the centuries evolved a specialized snapping claw.  This claw snaps to create a cavitation bubble.    This bubble creates up to 80k of pressure up to 4cm away.  While this only lasts for about one millisecond, it is enough to kill small fish and shatter glass.  As the bubble collapses, temperature around it increases to over 5000K, or 4726.85 degrees Celsius.  To put that into perspective, the sun’s temperature is around 5,778 K.  Although the only practical application for this for humans is probably the development of weapons, this is very interesting none the less.”

Read more here:

Snapping Shrimp Stun Prey with Flashy Bang

A report by By John Roach
for National Geographic News

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BMEidea Competitions

BME news and updates from NCIIA

NCIIA organizes two annual biomedical engineering competitions for university students. The objectives of these competitions are to identify and recognize innovative, commercially promising medical devices and technologies developed by entrepreneurial student teams:

Open to all student teams. Applications accepted now through April 2, 2010.

Open to undergraduate student teams. Call for submissions coming soon!

The ASME Innovation Showcase

The ASME Innovation Showcase is a national competition featuring the most innovative technologies in the engineering field at the baccalaureate level. IShow provides the full experience of technology product commercialization, bridging the gap between engineering school practicum and business school theory.

Imagine Cup

NCIIA and Microsoft are working together to support emerging technology innovators participating in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup Competition. Learn more about Imagine Cup.

Intel ISEF Competition

NCIIA has partnered with Intel to make 11 special awards at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. View winners here.

Olympus Innovation Awards Program

Recognizing faculty excellence and innovation in higher education.