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Scientists Develop Squid-Inspired Camouflage

Researchers have developed systems that can automatically sense and blend into their surroundings by mimicking the methods of cephalopods such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish.

And the “optoelectronic camouflage” works stupendously just as long as it’s situated directly in front of a zebra.

So far, the scientists have only built a one-inch square prototype that works in black, white and shades in between, sort of like your grandfather’s TV. But the systems can be scaled up and made to work across the color spectrum, according to a statement from Cunjiang Yu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and lead author of the paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

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The windowless airplane.

An exciting concept from a Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. The idea is to provide a 360-degree view using cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior to capture the scenery and then project that on high-res screen on the interior cabin walls and ceiling.

Watch the beautiful demo here.

Concepts like these will make space travel that much more enjoyable and serene throughout long duration exploration missions….

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