(not) heavy metal

University of Rochester researchers, inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it doesn’t sink no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured.

The researchers, led by Chunlei Guo, believe that it could lead to the construction of unsinkable ships, a wearable flotation device that will still float after being punctured and electronic monitoring devices that can survive in long term in the ocean. Read on.