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Insulation through imitation

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Sarina Tracy, [email protected]

When temperatures drop, we humans do our best Arctic animal impressions: We don the puffiest coats we can find, insulate our homes with thick mineral wool – even migrate. But we aren’t wild animals, and our bodies cannot insulate themselves enough to keep out the chill, so thousands of dollars are spent to heat our homes every winter. Maybe if we imitated the polar bear after actually studying its biological insulation, we might save a little money and energy. The 1000-pound Arctic animal can insulate its body to 37 ºC (98.6 ºF), even when the temperature plummets...Read full article

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