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Spiders, Leaves Guide Network Designers

Nature knows what it is doing, and scientists are taking note. The next generation of flexible, light-manipulating networks has been inspired by leaves and spider webs. A network design based on spider webs is flexible and strong, and it draws light in much the same way a web traps insects. Those qualities make it valuable for touch screens and electronic display panels. The veins that gather light and carry nutrients through a leaf are a model for an effective electrode that could...

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