05 April 2013

Firefly butts for better plasma screens...

As I've been continuously aggregating prior art and other background information for my research, I've really enjoyed tracking one specific thread on biomimicry and bioinspiration. A couple of my favorites:

Fish cloaking - Some silver scaled fish have crystals inside their scales which affect how light reflects off their bodies, making them much harder for predators to see.

Firefly lanterns - The pattern of a firefly "lantern" (the apparently correct name for glowing insectoid hindquarters) couples light out very effectively, and might make LEDs and displays more efficient.

Butterfly scales - More well known...the scales of butterfly wings are capable of incredible color mixing.

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