Cactus roots inspire creation of water-retaining material

13th April 2018

During rare desert rainfalls, cacti waste no time sopping up and storing a storm's precious precipitation.

Inspired by this natural phenomenon, scientists report that they have developed a material that mimics cactus roots' ability to rapidly absorb and retain vast amounts of water with a minimal amount of evaporation. They say this unique material could lead to new and improved cosmetics, medical devices and other everyday products. 

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