(MSNBC) A mother and young hippo walk in the sweltering African sun. An oily secretion prevents hippos from suffering sunburn, and now scientists are trying to understand how it works in the hopes of bottling it as a product meant for people.
Hippo Sweat: The Next Big Thing in Sunscreen?
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery Hippos can stand in the hot sun all day without getting a sunburn, and now researchers know why: a red-colored glandular secretion known as "hippo sweat" contains microscopic structures that scatter light, protecting the hefty mammals from burns, according to a new study.
MARCH 18, 2009
Read about how this is may inspire sunscreen products: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29727352/