Beetle-inspired paint could produce water from thin air for drought-stricken countries

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A NEW superamphiphobic material can ‘bounce’ water droplets from air and the new system could produce ultra-fog resistant car windows and faster drainage systems.

The bumpy skin of a desert beetle has inspired the creation of a new device that can harvest fresh drinking water out of thin air.

According to a paper recently published in Royal Society of Chemistry journal RSC Advances, a team led by Youfa Zhang of Southeast University, China, discovered they could create a simple paint that mimics the way a beetle’s skin both attracts water and then repels it towards its mouth – allowing it to hydrate in even the most arid of environments.