26 Feb '16, 1pm

Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air

Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air

The Namib desert beetle has an outer shell riddled with bumps, which allows it to trap water vapors present on foggy days. Desert cacti also have their own methods of collecting the water droplets they capture through unique ridges that can pool the condensation. Finally, the slick surface of pitcher plants also played a role in the final material the team produced. Neatly arranged bumps, designed to guide water droplets for collection, are found on the surface of the team’s material, which is coated with a molecularly smooth lubricant to ease the flow of the water.

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