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New material pulls clean drinking water straight out of the air #Biomimicry


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New material bio-inspired by desert cactuses and beetles helps harvest water via sciencealert.com

“We experimentally found that the geometry of bumps alone could facilitate condensation,” said one of the researchers, Kyoo-Chul Park. “By optimising that bump shape through detailed theoretical modelling and combining it with the asymmetry of cactus spines and the nearly friction-free coatings of pitcher plants, we were able to design a material that can collect and transport a greater volume of water in a short time compared to other surfaces.”

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