Neon Bird Feathers Hold the Key to Colours That Never Fade

Have you ever wondered how a fossil hailing from 40 million years ago still maintains its original colour, while dyed garments fade in years? The answer lies in the molecular structure of these natural colours and new research is showing how they could breed a new generation of artificial ones.
The concept is called structural colour, and it’s being studied by a coalition of Yale ornithologists, mechanical engineers, and physicists led by Guggenheim Fellow and scientist Hui Cao. Cao is interested in figuring out how the brilliant colours found in nature can be applied to artificial hues, by studying the structural composition of 40 million year old beetle shells and feathers. Read More >>

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives

There are no hospitals in space. The closest A&E is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by? Read More >>

This Is NASA's Cancer-Sniffing Cellphone Sensor

What if you could use your phone to test the air for toxins? What if you could monitor your health simply by blowing on it? Sounds amazing, right? Nanosensor technology developed by NASA Ames is going to make that a reality. Read More >>


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