Squid Camouflage

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Engineers at the University of California Irvine have created a reflective protein, like one found in squid, to create a new type of camouflage that can be switched off and on with a chemical signal.

    Engineers at the University of California Irvine say they’re creating camouflage coating modeled after a squid.  Squid not only change colors to match their surroundings, but they can also reflect light in a way that makes them nearly invisible.  Engineers have synthesized a protein modeled after one found in squidskin, and created a film 100,00 times thinner than human hair, which can be switched off and on with a chemical signal.  They said it would allow many simple objects to acquire camouflage capabilities but the ultimate goal is to make shape-shifting clothing—the stuff of science fiction—a reality.