Artificial arthropod hair makes for top-notch waterproofing

Engineers continue to tinker with plastics and chemical coatings for use in products designed to stay dry (or keep their wearers dry), but nature solved the problem of water resistance a long time ago. The leaves of plants such as lotus and nasturtium, for instance, make water bead up like rain on a freshly waxed car, and the African Stenocara beetle uses water-repellent channels on its back to funnel water droplets into its mouth. [More]

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