When love-hate is materially good

Researchers copy nature's water-loving, water-repelling ways to make smarter stuff

By Stefi Weisburd, 19:09 PM October 13, 2010

 

 

 

Scientists are copy cats: They get some of their best ideas by cribbing from nature. After all, with hundreds of millions of years of evolution under its belt, nature has come up with some pretty wonderful stunts. Think of geckos walking up glass walls or water striders skating on ponds.

 

One chemical engineer who has tremendous respect for nature is C. Jeffrey Brinker. “When I was very young, I got a microscope and loved looking at stuff from the outside,” he says. “I was totally fascinate...

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