Butterfly Wings and Waterproof Coats
Inspired by nature, scientists have come up with clever new designs for waterproof coatings.
By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM July 8, 2003
Stores are full of high-tech gadgets and gizmos that get more complicated every day. But solutions to technological problems may already exist in the natural world around us. Case in point: Two groups of scientists have come up with clever new designs for waterproof coatings. Their inspiration? Butterfly wings and lotus leaves.
Water beads atop the wings of the Morpho sulkowskyi butterfly.
|Gu et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.|
Scientists have long been trying to make materials that effectively...
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