Octopus Inspires Engineers to Design Camouflage Suits for Navy Divers

August 19, 2014 9:23 PM

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Like many creatures, Octopodes and cuttlefish have an uncanny ability to camouflage themselves from danger. When under threat or in retreat they disguise themselves by producing colours and patterns on their skin which match the surrounding background, allowing them to all but disappear to the naked eye.

Using this as inspiration, a team of navy-sponsored, engineers and biologists from both Illinois and Texas University have managed to create a fabric that humans could use for the same purpose. John Rogers is the head of materials research at the University of Illinois. He worked with scientists fro...

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