Sunday, September 27, 2009

“Slimy-skinned” hulls to improve boat MPG

The US Department of Defense is funding research on a new generation of slime-skinned, self-cleaning hulls that could improve the fuel efficiency of boats by 20 percent. (New Scientist)

How? Not by making the boats faster or reducing drag (which is what Pound360 thought). Instead, the skin will prevent barnacles and other marine life from latching on to ship hulls by constantly sloughing off and re-generating. Pound360 hopes it’s bio-degradable, non-toxic stuff. Ideally, the stuff would have some benefit for natural habitats.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.