Episode 29: Skunk Facts, Waxy Leaves, and the Lotus Effect


Casey’s dog keeps getting sprayed by a skunk, which inspired her to share a few skunk facts. One involves Johnny Depp.

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Then Daniel talks about cuticles – the waxy coating on leaves. Not only does the cuticle protect against water loss, it’s also a self-cleaning mechanism. The leaves of certain plants, like lotus, are particularly hydrophobic. By studying them, we have learned how to manufacture water-repellent fabrics and other surfaces. It’s called biomimicry!


This episode aired on Radio Boise in September 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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