posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 04:09 PM
Just found this article about how the navy is looking at a new coating that could not only increase the speed of it's ships and subs, but could also
reduce spending on fuel and maintenance.
According to the article, the coating mimics the properties of shark skin and reduces drag against the water as well as reducing the build up of
barnacles and other organics by 67%!
Fuel savings alone could be $50 million a year- enough for another ship or two, or even (heaven forbid!) a raise for the sailors. It is also supposed
to reduce sound signatures, so it would increase the stealth of submarines.
Another case of man learning amazing things from nature!