Star Wars to science: Researchers harvest water from air to address shortages

  • Dr. Xianming “Simon” Dai poses for a photo next to a condensation chamber in his lab on Nov. 10 at UT Dallas’ Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab in Richardson, Texas. (Juan Figueroa/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

DALLAS — In “Star Wars,” Luke Skywalker grows up on the hot desert planet Tatooine. His family owns a moisture farm that uses devices called “vaporators” to pull drinking water from the air.