Well, I never knew that!

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.image

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  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 7,072

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

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

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

    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!image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    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.image

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