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Wednesday June 15th, 2011

A swimming beauty - Superhydrophobic surfaces

They are responsible for the famous self-cleaning properties of Lotus leafs (Nelumbo nucifera), enable Namib desert beetles (Stenocara gracilipes) to collect water droplets from foggy coastal breezes, and make sure predatory water bugs (Notonecta glauca) glide quickly through water: superhydrophobic surfaces are a fascinating research topic!

New evidence for the diversity of superhydrophobic structures comes from a most common species: the tiny eggs of european mosquitoes (Culex pipiens) float on the water surface in large aggregations ('swimming rafts'). To prevent drowning, the marvellous eggs are covered with a precisely spun network, as described and illustrated in Micronaut's new article...

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- 1 April 2011: National Geographic: Coloring by Structure
- 6 March 2011: Polliversum - a monumentary work
- 20 December 2010: Award for Outstanding Scientific Photography
- 21 November 2010: International Photography Awards
- 5 September 2010: National Geographic - Exquisite Castaways
- 1 August 2010: Switzerland Calling