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How A Nano-Suit Can Be A Life-Saver

Posted April 27, 2013 6:26 PM

From Science 2.0:

When is a suit a lifesaver? My dad, who was a tailor, would threaten to kill me if I didn't wear a suit and tie on certain occasions. But aside from well-known examples such as the spacesuit, immersion suit, and car-racing suits, do other animals ever develop layers that allow them to survive harsh conditions? Seven Japanese researchers from a variety of places revealed that fruits flies, and certain species of honeybees and fly maggots could withstand high-vacuums as long as they were immediately bombarded with electrons from a scanning electron microscopes or if they were first treated with plasma radiation. What was going on?  And why does it matter?

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