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Radiative Cooling Nano-Photonic Structures Discovered in Saharan Silver Ants and Related Biomimetic Metasurfaces

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The study shows how Saharan silver ants utilize a uniquely shaped hair coating to substantially enhance reflectivity in the solar spectrum and emissivity in the mid-infrared. Biomimetic metasurfaces with such radiative-cooling properties are also reported.

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