Scientists Make Metal So Waterproof That Droplets Simply Bounce Off

January 22, 2015 1:16 PM

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Scientists Make Metal So Waterproof That Droplets Simply Bounce Off

Apart from being freaky to watch in action, the first-of-its kind material may have important applications--from making better devices for collecting rainwater in water-scarce developing countries, to improving the sanitation of toilets, to making airplane wings and solar panels resistant to rusting or icing over.

How did the scientists create this seemingly magical material? They used a powerful laser to etch minute micro- and nanoscale patterns onto brass, titanium, and platinum.

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