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Smart Designs From Squid, Zebrafish and Fruit

Smart Designs From Squid, Zebrafish and Fruit

Unlikely combinations not normally associated with fibers, these unusual substances have been examined for their rich color enhancing capabilities. Able to change the color of their outer appearance, squid and zebrafish can appear lighter or darker. Researchers from the University of Bristol (U.K.) have discovered a process for simulating the muscles and cells of squid that can produce the colorful effects. They looked at these specific animals since they are inherently capable of reactively controlling their skin’s color. The cells in color changing animals that hold pigments are called chromatophores. When the muscles are contracted they expand and look larger. The… read more