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This Synthetic Material Changes Colour And Texture Like Octopus Skin

When it comes to camouflage, we lowly humans are far behind the cephalopod. Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish have the amazing ability to change colour or texture — going from scarlet red to bone white, bumpy to smooth in just seconds. But we’re making progress. Scientists at MIT and Duke have created a new stretchy camouflage skin inspired by these creatures.


Map Shows What Each Country's Military Camouflage Pattern Looks Like

Here’s a fascinating map that reveals how each country defines the idea of camouflage for their military. Of course, different branches of the military have different camo needs but this map, created by a Reddit user, draws out the broad strokes.


This Colour-Changing Camouflage Is Inspired By Octopus Skin

If you have not yet witnessed the wonder of an octopus changing colour instantaneously, then you should go do that right now. We humans are only slowly playing camouflage catch up. A new colour-changing sheet that adapts to the light it senses brings us a tiny step closely to octopi.


The Strange, Sad Story Of The US Army's New Billion-Dollar Camo Pattern

After nearly a decade, multiple false-starts, and many billions of dollars, the US Army has finally chosen a new camouflage for its troops. Except it’s not exactly new. It was originally developed back in 2002. And it looks a whole lot like one of the patterns that the US Army was in talks to adopt from an independent company.


Columbia Designed This Camo To Make Anglers Invisible To Fish

Hunters wear camouflage clothing from head to toe to blend in with their surroundings and sneak up on their prey. But fisherman never do, so Columbia has designed colour-changing shirt with what it’s calling a ‘Solar Camo’ pattern that only appears in the warmth of sunlight, helping anglers avoid being spotted and scaring the fish they’re after.


MIT Develops Camouflage Generator That Can Hide Almost Anything

When you hear the word camouflage, images of fake foliage, random brown blobs, or maybe even the US military’s failed pixelated fatigues come to mind. But researchers at MIT have developed a new algorithm that generates camouflage patterns that let an object blend into any surrounding, not just a jungle or the desert.


Watch This Octopus Instantly Change Colour To Blend In With A Fishing Boat

It’s not news that an octopus, the alien super-villain of the big bad ocean, can change colours to camouflage itself, but just watch as this octopus tries to blend in with a boat in seconds. The transformation from orange to white is so fast it’s unbelievable.


Researchers Invent A Camouflage Material That Changes Like A Chameleon

Mother Nature has already mastered the art of camouflage, so it only makes sense that we steal her ideas when it comes to the art of hiding. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a remarkable new material “inspired” by chameleons, which can change shape and colour under different lighting conditions.


A Compact Toolbox That Camouflages Itself As A Book On Your Shelf

Hunting down your toolbox and finding the right tool for a quick fix is never really ‘quick’ enough. And it usually leads to an ever-growing to-do list of things to fix around the house. Here’s a better solution: Strelka’s ToolBook lets you hide a basic set of screwdrivers and Allen keys on a bookshelf, so they’re always easily accessible.


Can You Find The Leopard Hiding In This Picture?

It’s there, I promise you. But if you were just walking around or if you were this leopard’s prey, by the time you see it, it would be too late. The photo was taken by excellent photographer Art Wolfe.


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