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Dr Salaita and colleagues wanted to take a closer look at chameleon skin and use what they learned to design a strain-accommodating smart skin. By watching time-lapse images of chameleon skin, the researchers noticed that only a small fraction of skin cells actually contain photonic crystal arrays, while the rest are colourless. The team reasoned that the colourless cells might help accommodate the strain when the photonic crystals contract and expand.
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Inspired by their observations, the team patterned arrays of photonic crystals in a hydrogel and then embedded them in a second, non-colour-changing hydrogel that acted as a supporting layer. Dr Salaita said: "Upon heating, the resulting material changed colour, but remained the same size. He added: "The new material could someday find applications in camouflage, signaling and anti-counterfeiting. By Stephen Beech. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.
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