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Nature-Inspired Design Collects Water from Fog

A simple device, inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew. Its developers say it could help drought-prone communities around the world meet their need for drinkable water. University of Texas at Arlington engineering professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student Xin Heng came up with their design after noting how long-billed shorebirds with thin beaks get water. Birds like sandpipers and stilts push liquid back into their throats by opening and...

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