Researchers from Harvard SEAS (the university's school of engineering and sciences) have developed a counterintuitive camouflage system.
Of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, the peacock is the least likely to be associated with stealth -- on the contrary, peacocks are famous for their desire to stand out. However, the Harvard SEAS researchers have discovered a quality of colorful feathers that can be manipulated to create camouflage.
The new camouflage technique is actually based on the feathers of the plum-throated cotinga (rather than a peacock,) but a cursory glance at the continga will make the camo paradox is no less apparent. The bird has an electric blue coat with a neon pink throat. However, by understanding how the feathers are able to diffuse other colors of light while highlighting these bright ones, the researchers created a camouflaging metal alloy.
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