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African Stenocara Beetle Inspires Technology

From: Pat Maxwell
Series: September 2007 - Isla Earth Radio Series
Length: 01:32

The African Stenocara beetle has learned a thing or two about water conservation. Living in the Namib desert, it uses its wings to capture water vapor molecules and funnel them into its mouth.

Default-piece-image-2 The African Stenocara beetle has learned a thing or two about water conservation. Living in the Namib desert, it uses its wings to capture water vapor molecules and funnel them into its mouth. Hoping to capitalize on the beetle's adaptation to address human needs, scientists Robert Cohen and Michael Rubner have created a material that mimics the beetle's natural ability to capture and use vapor...

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The African Stenocara beetle has learned a thing or two about water conservation. Living in the Namib desert, it uses its wings to capture water vapor molecules and funnel them into its mouth. Hoping to capitalize on the beetle's adaptation to address human needs, scientists Robert Cohen and Michael Rubner have created a material that mimics the beetle's natural ability to capture and use vapor...