This ad is for our brand new isolation stand, the Bio Mikro g, Woody the Woodpecker stand. This unique isolation stand mimics the mechanical and biological capabilities of the woodpecker that allow hum to withstand very high g forces whilst pecking wood. The Bio Mikro g stand is made of bamboo and utilizes micro size glass beads and viscoelastic materials to simulate the woodpecker's head. Dimensions of the stand are 18x12x2.
Woodpeckers hammer their beaks into trees at the astonishing rate of 18 to 22 times per second, subjecting their brains to deceleration forces of 1200 g with each strike. This is more than 100 times the g-force required to give a football player a concussion, according to research conducted by the NFL — when the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers meet in the Super Bowl on Sunday, players subjected to at least 98 g could be sidelined.
Sang-Hee Yoon and Sungmin Park of the University of California-Berkeley set out to learn how woodpeckers can survive such powerful deceleration forces. They found the birds' anatomy acts to protect their brains in four ways. Their beaks are hard but elastic; their skull bones are spongy; there's very little room for fluid between the skull and brain, cutting down on vibrations; and they have a special structure called the hyloid layer, attached to the woodpeckers' tongues to reduce vibration, New Scientist reports. Airplane black boxes can survive about 1,000 g.