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Scientists may have found one answer to the problem of water [shortage / shortages] . It is a new material that [collections / collects] water from the air. They got their [idea / ideal] from a small beetle that lives in the desert [on / in] Africa. The deserts of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia are very dry, but the Namib desert beetle is an [expat / expert] at surviving in hot and dry conditions. Its shell is covered in small [bump / bumps] that collect tiny water [droppings / droplets] from the air. The water is enough to [keep / kept] the beetle alive. Scientists studied the shape and material of the beetle's bumps. They want to use what they found [in / out] about the beetle to make their own materials that can collect water from the air. This will help people who live in very dry [areas / area] .

The scientists believe this [new / knew] technology could help in many areas of our [live / life] . They said it could be very useful for power plants and for the heating and air [conditioned / conditioning] in airplanes, cars and trains. One of the scientists, Philseok Kim, said: "Thermal power plants, for example, [relay / rely] on condensers to quickly convert [stream / steam] to liquid water. [Our] design could help speed [up / out] that process and even allow for operation at a higher temperature, [significance / significantly] improving the overall energy [efficient / efficiency] ." Another scientist, Joanna Aizenberg, said she was looking forward to the [past / future] of getting ideas for new technologies from nature. She said: "Everybody is [excited / excitement] about bio-inspired materials research."

 
 

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