|English to Southern Sotho / Sesotho: Sesotho Translator|
General field: Other
|Source text - English|
Consider: The thorny devil’s skin is overlaid with scales. Some scientists think that moisture or dew collected on the scales runs down to the rough surface of the skin and enters the skin’s network of half-open channels, or grooves, located between the scales. These channels are interconnected and lead to the sides of the thorny devil’s mouth.
But how does this lizard draw up water—up its legs, across its body, and into its mouth—defying gravity in the process? And how does the thorny devil extract moisture from wet surfaces by rubbing its belly against them?
Researchers have apparently unveiled the thorny devil’s secret. The channels on the surface of the skin are connected by way of ducts to another network of channels below, that is, within the lizard’s skin. The structure of these channels enables capillary action—a phenomenon in which water is drawn into narrow spaces even against the force of gravity. The lizard’s skin thus acts as a sponge.
Janine Benyus, president of the Biomimicry Institute, says that mimicking moisture-extracting technologies may help engineers design a system to remove humidity from air in order to cool buildings more efficiently and also to obtain drinking water.
|Translation - Southern Sotho / Sesotho|
Nahana ka sena: Letlalo la ’mankhoshepe ona le na le makhekhebu. Bo-rasaense ba bang ba re metsi ao ’mankhoshepe ona o a bokeletseng holim’a letlalo la oona, a tsamaea lipakeng tsa makhekhebu ho ea fihla lehanong la oona.
Leha ho le joalo, ’mankhoshepe oo o khona ho hula metsi joang hore a tsamaee maotong a oona, ebe a feta ’meleng a be a fihle ka lehanong la oona ntle le hore a sitisoe ke matla a khoheli? Hape, o monya metsi joang ha a hohla mpa moo ho leng mongobo?
Ha e le hantle, bafuputsi ba hlokometse hore na o etsa sena joang. O na le methapo e kopanyang karolo e ka holimo le e ka tlaase ea letlalo la oona. Methapo ena e etsa hore metsi a khone ho feta lipakeng tsa makhekhebu a oona ntle le tšitiso ea matla a khoheli. Kahoo, letlalo la oona le monya metsi joaloka seponche.
Janine Benyus, e leng mookameli oa Biomimicry Institute (Setsi seo ho sona ho qaptjoang lintho ka ho etsisa pōpo), o re ho kopitsa tsela eo ’mankhoshepe a monyang metsi ka eona ho ka thusa lienjiniere hore li qape mokhoa oa ho monya mongobo o ka ntle e le hore mehaho e phole le hore ho be le metsi a nooang.