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Cicada wing-inspired tech doesn't shine

If you look at a cicada wing under a microscope, you'll see that it's covered in an array of nanoscale spikes. Earlier this year, scientists copied that structure to produce a highly effective antibacterial surface. Now, researchers from China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University have replicated those spikes' antireflective properties, and the resulting technology could be used to create more efficient solar cells.
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