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Insect-inspired microfluidics could help Ant Man and the Wasp breathe
2018-11-18T22:00:50+00:00 - Jennifer Ouellette / Ars Technica
"The subjective atmospheric density experienced by a human who shrinks down to insect size changes." Shrink down to ant-size, however, and he still needs the same number of oxygen molecules, but collects far less with each breath. The Virginia Tech team's devices mimic different combinations of these three key features of insect breathing. So, how could microfluidics help our superhero friends breathe at smaller size scales? "Compressing the air would allow them to get the same number of oxygen molecules in one lungful of air," Staples explains.

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