And: What do you get when you cross a mechanical engineer and an Egyptologist? Answer: A whole field of innovation through biomimicry.
Richard Johnston, a professor at the Materials Research Centre, Swansea University, has been using an X-ray micro tomography machine, similar to a medical C.T. scanner to generate 3D images that are 100 times greater in resolution.
Drawing on a project that used the technique to digitally unwrap animal mummies, Johnston now leads a team focusing on bioinspiration.
They create high resolution 3D images of tiny creatures, which enables them to draw ideas from nature that can be used in the field of mechanical engineering.