The advancement of science has taken yet another groundbreaking cue from nature, this time in the development of state-of-the-art waterproof materials. A team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has reportedly come up with an amazing new waterproof surface that mimics the unparalleled, moisture-repellant properties naturally found in things like plant leaves and butterfly wings, a discovery that could revolutionize many modern industries.
The new technology, which draws from patterns found specifically in the veins of nasturtium leaves and Morpho butterfly wings, is said to be the “most waterproof material ever.” BBC News reports that its application on a silicon surface increased the speed of that surface’s repellant properties by an amazing 40 percent more than the previously assumed limit. And since the technology can also be integrated into other surfaces like fabric and metals, its use potential is virtually limitless.
“We believe these are the most super-hydrophobic surfaces yet,” stated MIT Professor Kripa Varanasi, one of the researchers involved with the project, to BBC News. “For years industry has been copying the lotus. They should start thinking about copying butterflies and nasturtiums.”
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