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Calling someone a “chameleon” is generally considered a pejorative. When referring to shifting colors in applications of science and medicine, however, it may be a different story, thanks to a team of researchers who have been studying — and attempting to replicate — the optical attributes of a chameleon’s skin.
For years, scientists have been working to mimic the ability of species such as chameleons and neon tetra fish to change color and either blend into their surroundings or stand out to a potential mate in the wild. A similar optical effect can be found in some butterfly wings and even peacock feathers. But until recently, success at reproducing this effect eluded science’s grasp, much like a…READ MORE