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Antibacterial Surfaces: Inspired By Cicadas

14. Antibacterial Surfaces: Inspired By Cicadas

Whether we realize it or not, most of us have heard the sounds of a cicada fluttering its wings in the summertime. But these insects do a lot more than just fluttering their wings – they also destroy bacteria upon contact!

Researchers have found that the veins in the cicada’s wings have an unusual and remarkable anti-microbial ability. This means that it can destroy bacteria upon contact within seconds. Moreover, Cicadas are the only insects that we have discovered possessing this ability so far.
Naturally, we have used this knowledge to create anti-bacterial surfaces. From subway stations to bus stops, these materials have gone a long way in improving the hygiene of common areas! 
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