This Namid Desert beetle was the inspiration for a new material that can control the movement of tiny drops of water. Developed by MIT researchers, the material is made up of a water-repelling surface dotted with tiny bumps that attract water. The material could someday be used to control fluids in tiny labs-on-a-chip for DNA screening and medical diagnostics. The work was funded by the US military who have "expressed interest in using the material as a self-decontaminating surface that could channel and collect harmful substances." From the MIT News Office:
The researchers got their inspiration after reading a 2001 article in Nature describing the Namib Desert beetle's moisture-collection strategy. Scientists had already learned to copy the water-repellent lotus leaf, and the desert beetle shell seemed like another good candidate for "bio-mimicry..."
The desert beetle has evolved to take perfect advantage of the tiny amount of water available in the desert. The fog that drifts over the Namib Desert is so light that normal condensation can't take place, so "you need something specially designed to hold and collect that condensation," (materials scientist Michael) Rubner said.
A remarkable easter egg from the Windows 95 era, fully anticipating what became of the world’s most beautiful operating system. The developers of Office 95 left an interesting little easteregg with a name which does seem a little unsettling. I am exploring this easteregg and showing it in this video.
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