X-ray science taps bug biology to design better materials and reduce pollution

By Meghan Cetera, Argonne National Laboratory — Bug spray, citronella candles, mosquito netting – most people will do anything they can to stay away from insects during the warmer months. But those creepy crawlers we try so hard to avoid may offer substantial solutions to some of life’s problems.

Researchers using the cutting-edge X-ray technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) were able to take an inside look at several insects, gathering results that go beyond learning about insect physiology and biology. What they found could provide a blueprint for a material used for artificial ligaments, a chemical-free way to protect crops from insects and a new insight on how human muscles function. Read more.

Posted September 20, 2013