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While doing field research in southern Arizona, evolutionary ecologist Gordon Schuett observed that rattlesnakes often formed a flattened coil during rainstorms and began drinking water from their bodies. How did they do it? he wondered.
Supported by a grant from the Biomimicry Center at ASU, Schuett teamed up with ASU engineering faculty Konrad Rykaczewski to take a closer look at the mysteries of snakeskin. What they discovered could help researchers develop materials that capture fog for drinking water in coastal areas. Join Schuett and Rykaczewski as they present the surprising results of their new work and discuss its implications for fog harvesting and other exciting new human applications.
Nature@Noon is a series of workshops that explores the collection of ASU's new NatureMaker library and its potential to inspire sustainable innovation. NatureMaker is a collaboration between The Biomimicry Center and the ASU Library.