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How A Freaky WWI Camouflage Trick Could Be Reworked For The 21st Century

During World War I, ships were painted in zebra stripes to deceive the enemy. The effectiveness of this “dazzle” camouflage was never quite clear, but a new study suggests that these zigzag patterns can be quite deceptive when they move.

This Crazy Artwork Is Inspired By First World War Camouflage

Image Cache: This art installation, known as Dazzle room, was created by Japanese artist Shigeki Matsuyama after he learned about a kind of camouflage used during the First World War.

What The Original Spy Manual Can Teach You About The Outdoors

Before there was a CIA or an MI6 there was the Special Operations Executive. And, as WWII heated up, it put all of its collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too.

The US Army Is Finally Releasing Its New, Old Camo Design

It’s been more than a decade since the US Army adopted its first pixelated camo pattern — it was the start of the Iraq War, and the blocky digital pattern seemed to signal a new era of futuristic warfare. One problem: It didn’t work. At all.

The Golden Gate Bridge Almost Ended Up With A Bumble Bee Paint Job

The Golden Gate Bridge’s iconic “International Orange” paint job was a bit of a happy accident. If the United States Navy got its way, the landmark stretch of infrastructure would look like a bumble bee. That would have been just sad.

This Amazing Camouflaged Fish Is Pretty Much Invisible

Video: The camouflage on this fish is so impressive that you can barely see it. I mean, it’s essentially invisible. Anytime it stops, I lose track of it because it blends in so perfectly with the ground. Even when it’s moving, it looks more like a pile of dirt than an animal. Amazing.

Scientists Have Just Invented Synthetic Chameleon Skin

It’s been a big week for chameleons. On Tuesday, scientists announced they’d worked out the secret to the cross-eyed lizard’s colour changing skin. A day later came the announcement that we’d replicated the skin artificially.

Watch The Unbelievable Camouflage Super Powers Of An Octopus

Octopuses have become my favourite animals because it’s very clear that they possess super powers from an alien world and even clearer that they use those powers for evil (or exactly how I would use them). Here’s an octopus showing off his truly incredible camouflage powers. It goes from a brown mound to a blue water alien real quick.

How Many Hidden Animals Can You Spot In This Picture?

There’s a lot more animals than I thought there were — I think more than 25 — and they come out of nowhere. The hidden animals are called tahrs, which are related to wild goats, and to be honest, I wouldn’t even call this camouflage — it’s just really impressive hide and seek skills.

These Pygmy Seahorses Are So Good At Changing Colours For Camouflage

Video: Pygmy seahorses are super tiny creatures that have the awesome ability to camouflage. They attach themselves to colourful corals and blend in so seamlessly that I have a hard time picking them out. What’s cool is that even if the pygmy seahorses are descendants of orange seahorses, they can adapt and become purple if that’s the only coral nearby.

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