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artjak

From my magazine 'The Week'; The secrets of the butterfly's wings are being unravelled by scientists at the Natural History Museum. For all their colour, butterfly wings are actually transparent; their hues are the result not of pigments, which absorb some light, but of reflective nano-structures which split light into different colours. Professor Andrew Parker has managed to grow wing material ...from a blue morpho butterfly and is hoping to upscale the process to use commercially on materials.

1Runnybeak1

Artjak. Absolutley fascinating stuff. Thanks.  They say 'you learn something new every day'.  Life never ceases to amaze me. 

Alan4711

Wish prof Parker would give me some wings,help me with this ere new knee

Alan in not very sunny Norfolk ( our bit that is ) Loads of seaweed on the beech today,

amazing..i dont even understand how they come up with researching this sort of stuff!

artjak

I suppose if your job is to peer through microscopes at 'things' you start to realise that there are applications in the wider world for the processes you have seen.

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