Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

Water boatman breathes underwater

The water boatman uses a thin layer of air as an "external lung" allowing it to breathe underwater. New MIT research has shown that many insects' water-repellent coats trap a thin layer of air on their bodies, allowing them to store and absorb oxygen from the surrounding water. More

Video courtesy John Bush, MIT

Comments (1)

Cool! Looks like the air is trapped in the layer of tiny hairs on the shell of the insect.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT News

MIT News

Category: News | Updated 2 years ago

Created
July 29, 2008 18:01
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
19088 times

More from MIT News

MIT creates new material for fuel cells

MIT creates new material for fuel c...

Added over 6 years ago | 00:00:35 | 6312 views

Dancing Bees

Dancing Bees

Added almost 6 years ago | 00:00:31 | 17561 views

Mattress dominos

Mattress dominos

Added 5 years ago | 00:01:06 | 23961 views

MIT Steel Bridge 2008

MIT Steel Bridge 2008

Added over 6 years ago | 00:08:40 | 13581 views

Researchers explain 'the wallpaper problem'

Researchers explain 'the wallpaper ...

Added over 6 years ago | 00:00:46 | 9578 views

Brain confused by visual anomalies

Brain confused by visual anomalies

Added 6 years ago | 00:00:26 | 14395 views