News tagged with plant surfaces

Droplets get a charge out of jumping

In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then "jump" away from that surface, carry an electric charge. The ...

Oct 02, 2013 4.8 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast

Finding the keys to boiling heat transfer

A team of MIT researchers has succeeded in carrying out the first systematic investigation of the factors that control boiling heat transfer from a surface to a liquid. This process is crucial to the efficiency of power plants ...

Jul 16, 2013 3.7 / 5 (3) 1 | with audio podcast

Explained: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic

Sometimes water spreads evenly when it hits a surface; sometimes it beads into tiny droplets. While people have noticed these differences since ancient times, a better understanding of these properties, and ...

Jul 16, 2013 4.3 / 5 (3) 0