Waterproof Coats: Materials repel water with simplicity, style

By Jessica Gorman, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Scientists have long sought new coatings that zealously repel water. This week, publications describe two promising finds. Research from Japan shows that water-repellant materials can also be decorative. In a separate report, Turkish researchers describe a way to convert a plastic into a new type of cheap, easily produced waterproofing.

Although their final coatings are different, both teams took their inspiration from nature–from the wings of a butterfly and the leaves of the lotus plant. The...

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