Scientists Have Developed A Furry Wetsuit Material Inspired By Beavers

Scientists Have Developed A Furry Wetsuit Material Inspired By Beavers
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MIT researchers created the lighter and warmer fabric to maximize speed in the water and to keep swimmers dry

Ido Lechner, Home Editor
  • 28 october 2016

Taking inspiration from semi-aquatic mammals such as beavers and sea otters, a group of MIT researchers have designed a new wetsuit concept to maximize dive speeds while keeping swimmers as dry as possible. Though creatures such as whales and walruses rely on their blubber for insulation in the cold depths of the ocean, the fuzzy creatures we’ve come to know and love offer a different mechanism for staying dry when submerged: rubbery pelts that trap air between their individual hairs.

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