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Crystals’ beauty more than skin deep

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DOUGLAS FARMER, SENIOR EDITOR [email protected]

Calling someone a “chameleon” is generally considered a pejorative. When referring to shifting colors in applications of science and medicine, however, it may be a different story, thanks to a team of researchers who have been studying — and attempting to replicate — the optical attributes of a chameleon’s skin. For years, scientists have been working to mimic the ability of species such as chameleons and neon tetra fish to change color and either blend into their surroundings or stand out to a potential mate in the wild. A similar optical effect can be...Read full article

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