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Butterflies inspire a new type of paint

Material scientists have long been fascinated with the stunning morpho butterfly. The intricate protein structures of the butterfly’s wings act like a prism to reflect a unique blue colour. Chemists at a California-based start-up are working on a way to emulate this “structural colour” concept in order to develop paint, inks and cosmetics that are free of toxic dyes and pigments. Read more about the inspiration behind this brilliant innovation.

 

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