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Desert beetle could hold frost solutions for aerospace researchers

Virginia Tech scientists have found a solution for reducing aerospace and wind industries taking inspiration from the Namib Desert beetle a native of southwest Africa. The beetle is known for its capacity to withhold itself even in the hot and arid conditions of the region where it is very much difficult to come across standing water.

January 25, 2016  By The News Recorder

The beetle uses its shell for collecting airborne water. The shell is topped with specialized bumps on which the moisture droplets are formed. It keeps the moisture off by making use of its smoother side. So, simultaneously the body of the Namib desert beetle performs the dual task of storing and giving out the moisture.

Ironically, an insect that rarely has to face such a problem inspired the frost prevention solution. The technique used by the shell of this insect attracted the scientists. | READ MORE


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