Nasturtium Droplet

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    According to a display at the San Francisco Exploratorium, tiny surface structures make these nasturtium leaves water-resistant.

    The uneven surface creates air pockets between water and leaf, so water rolls right off, taking dirt with it. Research on such small-scale surfaces has inspired revolutionary new materials, including water-resistant fabrics.

    This is an example of biomimicry. For more on biomimicry and other examples of innovation inspired by nature, watch this video by Janine Benyus:

    -BARCELONYA- and maria_schrammel added this photo to their favorites.

    1. dakwashere 111 months ago | reply

      Looks like a spider. Fascinating topic this biomimicry!

    2. Call me Ishmael. 111 months ago | reply

      cool shot mate.

      Happy new year to the family.

    3. Kevin Krejci 111 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I saw Janine Benyus speak at a cleantech conference and was blown away. She suggests before trying to reinvent the wheel, just ask if nature has already solved your problem already...

      Happy New Year!

    4. mikescottnz 111 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called GMO Free World (sans OGM ; ohne gentechnik ) , picture it ; make, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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