sábado, 5 de junho de 2010

Save Biodiversity and ...Stay Inspired

Ask any school child or adult how leaves keep water from sticking to them, and they’ll almost certainly say, “Because they are so smooth.” Yet one of the most water repellent leaves in the world, that of the Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), isn’t smooth at all; it has one of the most microscopically rough leaf surfaces imaginable.
Instead, water that falls on the leaf of the lotus plant “floats” on a maze of air trapped in the myriad crevices of the leaf surface, so that the slightest breeze or tilt in the leaf causes balls of water to just roll off, taking attached dirt particles with them.
Now, microscopically rough surface additives have been introduced into a new generation of paint, glass, ceramic and other finishes, greatly reducing the need for chemical or laborious cleaning. For example, GreenShield, a fabric finish inspired by lotus leaves, achieves the same performance as conventional finishes while using 8 times less harmful chemicals.


Biomimicry Institute

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