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Author Lawry, James V.

Title The incredible shrinking bee : insects as models for microelectromechanical devices / James V. Lawry
Published London : Imperial College Press ; Hackensack, NJ : Distributed in the USA by World Scientific Pub., [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 251 pages) : illustrations
Contents Ch. 1. What's in this book -- Ch. 2. Bees and devices -- Ch. 3. Beauty before the beast -- Ch. 4. You can't shrink a woman -- Ch. 5. Bee's body -- Ch. 6. Cavity transport -- Ch. 7. Where the hemolymph meets the wall -- Ch. 8. Shrinking -- Ch. 9. Chancy transport -- Ch. 10. Control -- Ch. 11. Goals and conclusions
Summary "Because vertebrate circulations do not work when shrunk to insect sizes, insects may help us design our smallest machines. Within small bodies, bees separate diffusing substances in an open cavity assisted by locomotion and the beat of the heart. The open anthropoid circulation, however, is most efficient when shrunk until its large three-dimensional volume of blood turns into a two-dimensional film of fluid covering only the internal surfaces. This transformation increases the chances to near-certainty that molecules can diffuse from one point to another without getting lost."
"The Incredible Shrinking Bee expresses mathematics in words so the most readers can compare today's microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices with a honeybee's circulation, introducing ideas of biominiaturization to workers interested in developing compact energy and chemical system."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-241) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Bees -- Physiology.
Size judgment.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281867179
1860948065 (electronic bk.)
9781860948060 (electronic bk.)