Scientists at the not-suspiciously-named-at-all Northeast Normal University in China have come up with a new textile that's remarkably resistant to the horrors of both water and sunlight. In fact, it offers more than double the amount of UV protection required to attain "ultimate" UV protection status.
If you’re an ocean-transiting container ship, friction is a drag. The bigger your load, the more energy it takes to propel you through the water, and that means increased fuel costs and increased emissions. But by mimicking the hydrophobic characteristics of the water fern, researchers at the University of Bonn think they can create container ships that move faster – and more efficiently – from port to port.
By Bjorn Carey
Posted 01.12.2010 at 12:14 pm 11 Comments
“It’s not as silly a question as you might think,” says Michael Moore, a marine-mammal research specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. “It would take some extraordinary circumstances, but any mammal can get rabies.”
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.