Sponges & Solar Cells
While people may not consider them to be true animals, sponges are among the animals that inspired scientists to do something incredible. Molecular Biochemist & Professor, Daniel Morse, along with his colleagues discovered something amazing about the orange puffball sponge. They actually release enzymes into the water, pull out the silicon & calcium, and then will rearrange those chemicals into specific shapes. In 2006, Morse and his team tried to replicate this using electrodes to make clean and efficient solar technology. Thanks to this sponge, we can now make solar cells and overall solar energy at a much cheaper cost compared to the price it cost beforehand.