Biomimicry 3.8 takes the best of na­ture and makes it bet­ter

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● Many in­sects se­crete a thin, oily film that helps them ad­here to sur­faces, but the por­ous sur­face of the car­niv­o­rous PITCHER PLANT holds on to wa­ter, ren­der­ing such ad­he­sive films use­less. Har­vard sci­en­tists cre­ated Slips (slip­pery liq­uid- in­fused por­ous sur­faces), which RE­PELS BOTH WA­TER AND OIL, as well as bac­te­ria, us­ing the pitcher plant as their in­spi­ra­tion. “We don’t want buildup on sur­faces for lots of rea­sons, whether it’s on fur­ni­ture, or the sides of tanks, or on air­plane wings,” Benyus says. “This is a ma­te­rial ap­proach that could be ap­plied in ev­ery in­dus­try.”

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