AUSTIN, Texas — Now that it's officially summer, it's only a matter of time before we get hit with those triple digit days.
What You Need To Know
- Beetle can survive in volcanic areas
- Scientists developing photonic film based on the beetle’s wing structure
- Can reduce the temperature by 9 degrees Fahrenheit
As we look for ways to beat the heat, a beetle has inspired a team of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and across the world to develop an environmentally friendly cooling material.
The Longicorn Beetle, even referred to as the "Longhorn Beetle," can survive in volcanic areas in Southeast Asia. Scientists created a photonic film based on the beetle’s wing structure. This new innovation can reduce the temperature by nine degrees Fahrenheit.
Dr. Yuebing Zheng, Associate Professor at the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, said mass production of this product is possible, but it will take a while for the product to reach our homes or cars.
“In order to make this application really practical, we need to make the temperature cool down even further,” said Dr. Zheng.
Click on the video above to hear the full interview with Dr. Zheng.