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Butterfly Wings Inspire New Technologies

September 11, 2013

A new study of the tropical blue Morpho butterfly found that its wings have properties which could be mimicked to create a variety of applications from protective clothing to industrial sensors. Tiny tree-like nanostructures on the scales of Morpho wings give it its characteristic metallic blue iridescence. And it’s understanding the physical nanostructures that create this iridescence that scientists say is helping them to understand natural photonics, and implement these “design ideas” in new technologies – like bio-inspired displays, fabrics, and cosmetics.

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