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<span class=normal> Morpho sulkowskyi</span> butterfly.

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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