New Material Patterned After Spider Hair Refuses to Get Wet

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Scientists have created a flat surface patterned after the body hair of spiders that refuses to get wet.

The surface also has the added benefit of being self-cleaning, since water does a pretty good job of picking up and carrying off dirt as it is being repelled.

This makes the material ideal for some food packaging, windows, or solar cells that must stay clean to gather sunlight, scientists say. Boat designers might someday coat hulls with it, making boats faster and more efficient.

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Self-Powered Diaper Monitor System Automatically Detects Wet Diapers

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A research laboratory at Japan’s Ritsumeikan University has developed a monitoring system for wet diapers that consists of a self-powered sensor/transmitter and a receiver and is supposed to assist staff in hospitals and nursing homes in performing diaper checks with elderly patients. The sensor kit has to be placed inside the diaper and sends signals to the receiver unit, which was co-developed in collaboration with Seiko Epson.

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New Plasma Technology Waterproofs Without Affecting Treated Surface

New Plasma Technology Waterproofs Without Affecting Treated Surface

Imagine a world without yellow raincoats, umbrellas in all shapes and sizes and who knows, you will never experience what it is like to get wet ever again! This possibility is becoming a reality now, thanks to the Ion-mask enhancement which is a new plasma technology that has been developed by P2i, a company under the wing of the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

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Fun with “Dry Water”

Fun with “Dry Water”

Brilliant idea!

The Waterboard is an interactive installation by Mike Burton giving the user a chance to play with water without getting wet. By drawing lines on the whiteboard, the water will follow a different course. Abstract life forms may appear in basins and where the water is stagnant it will become turbid. Video after the jump.

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