Bug-based sensors raise the fire alarm

 作者:乜艋钭     |      日期:2019-03-03 06:11:12
By Celeste Biever A SENSOR found in a beetle’s “armpit” is the inspiration for a novel heat detector that could one day give early warnings of forest fires. The jewel beetle, Melanophila acuminata, is legendary among entomologists because it heads straight for fires rather than trying to escape. Burnt trees are its preferred home because their sticky resins and poisonous chemical defences have been deactivated (New Scientist, 7 August 1999,