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  Beetle could solve water shortages
Updated 01 November 2001, 17.36
This beetle could be the answer to drought
A super beetle could be the answer to water shortages in the desert.

The beetle has a special kind of shell on its back that attracts tiny water droplets from the air.

When enough of the tiny droplets collect together to form a bigger drop, it runs down the beetle's back towards its head.

The special shape of the beetle's back guides the water to its mouth, which means it always has enough to drink.

Top scientists

And now top scientists are hoping to steal its success to help those living in places where water's short.

They have made a special kind of material that's like the beetle's back and collects water in the same way.

Eventually people in deserts might even be able to make tents with the new material, allowing them to collect their own water.

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