olympics
Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Cheat Their Way Down Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could let them cheat give them a small advantage in competition. Read More >>

military
The History of Invisibility and the Future of Camouflage

In 2004, the U.S. Army made a colossal mistake. It introduced a new digital camouflage called the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a single pattern designed to work across all environments. Only a few months later, however, as the war in Iraq was intensifying by the day, every soldier on the ground knew the truth: by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them. Read More >>

war
How London Was Redesigned to Survive Wartime Blackouts

One of the more interesting aspects of urban life during the bombing raids of World War II was the clever and strategic re-designing of the London streetscape so that residents could live in a state of blackout. Read More >>

science
How a Poorly Camouflaged Insect Reshapes Its Ecosystem

For an insect trying to avoid becoming dinner, the consequences of bad camouflage are clear. What's less obvious is how the effects then ripple like an aftershock through an entire ecosystem, subtly changing which shrubs are eaten and which critters thrive. For example, the consequences of a single species of badly camouflaged walking stick insect can cascade throughout the California hills. Read More >>

design
Magic Colour-Changing Camo Blends in, No Matter The Season

Camouflage only works when it's got the same colour and pattern as your surroundings. When the foliage takes on a different hue, you don't want to be caught wearing last season's colour. This magical new camouflage solves that problem with temperature sensitive dyes to keep your sporting wear fashionable year round. Read More >>

architecture
The Art of Hiding a Building: Six Acts of Architectural Camouflage

We're used to hearing about military camouflage, which has been used to hide everything from ships to whole towns. But there are plenty of less explicit forms of large-scale camouflage out there—like the architectural sort, which ranges from hiding buildings just below the ground plane to coating them in mirrors. Read More >>

war
The Forgotten History of How Modern Art Helped Win World War II

Camouflage—at least in its present incarnation—grew up alongside modernism. And though the relationship between art and war has long ignored by historians, it's now coming to light just how intertwined they really were. Particularly when it came to hiding things in plain sight. Read More >>

wtf
Radiation Shielding, and Ten Other Uses for Poop

Poop has been around for as long as there have been animals to produce it. It's a constant, brown, smelly presence in all of our lives. But over the long stretch of history, humanity has come up with some brilliant and clever uses for it. Read More >>

military
Heat-Proof Face Paint Withstands Bomb Blast Heat

If you thought your make-up's UV protection was good, how about face paint that can withstand the intense heat of a bomb blast? US researchers have created a camouflage face paint that may soon be used by soldiers and firemen to shield them from extreme heat. Read More >>

military
US Army's Pixellated Camo Uniform Is a £3 Billion Failure

Whereas pixillation is usually very successful at obscuring images otherwise unfit to be seen, the US Army is £3 billion in the hole, with its pixellated camo uniform (introduced in 2004) being dubbed a colossal mistake. Read More >>

image cache
Can You Find the Two Camouflaged Commandos in This Photo Before They Shoot You?

The Egoz recon unit of the Israeli Defense Force is trained is an elite group trained in guerilla tactics. Sometimes they operate in cities. But sometimes, as seen above, they hide on the hills. Watching. Waiting. They're very, very good. Read More >>

image cache
There Are Two F-16s Hiding in This Picture

I hope you're not as easily fooled as I am because I totally missed the two F-16s in this picture. I have an excuse! I was totally looking at the left hand side of the picture. And the picture I saw was really small! Like thumbnail-sized! Read More >>

military
Do You Think This New Urban Camo Will Fool Anyone?

It goes without saying Western soldiers haven't seen a lot of jungle and woodland shooting these days. The arid climes of the Middle East—and their urban centers—have been warfare hotspots. So how about some crazy new urban camouflage? Read More >>

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