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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. Diverse phenomena, ranging from the way shorebirds feed to self-cleaning by leaves, can be explained through surface tension effects. Collaboration among biologists, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists has produced exciting advances in our understanding of surface tension's effects in both nature and technology. In a new twist on this theme, on page 931 in this issue, Prakash et al. (4) describe a "capillary ratchet" that explains how some shorebirds feed, highlighting a burgeoning research field that makes practical use of surface tension.
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