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Cicada wings may inspire new surface technologies

The wings of Megatibicen dorsatus, a prairie-dwelling cicada, are helping engineers design water-repellent surfaces.

Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities.

Their wings allow cicadas to fly, of course, but they also are good at repelling water – a condition that humans can appreciate, too.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau

Publication Date: 08/16/2017
Photo credits: Lou McClellan
Editor: Lois Yoksoulian