Nowadays a lot of relevant scientific discoveries are taking a leaf out of nature’s book to save our planet. Recently engineers from MIT designed a self-healing and carbon-negative material that can help in fight against climate change and possibly replace emissions-heavy materials with an environmentally friendly alternative. In the new study published in Advanced Materials, scientists demonstrated the ability of the material to draw climate-warming carbon dioxide from the air and then use it to grow and repair itself. The discovery breaks barriers in the field of material science, with an inexpensive, simple to produce, self-repairing polymer that needs minimum material.
The second relevant discovery features a material that can harvest water from fog. In a world that is increasingly trying to solve water crisis, more and more researchers are finding unconventional ways for harvesting water. A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology designed a material which replicates the surface pattern of the leaves, using soft lithographic technique on a polymer material. It found a 230 per cent enhancement on the fog harvesting performance as compared to a control sample.
Just a few examples of how nature gives us hints and inspiration for saving it.