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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.


Can You Detect The Stealth Animals Hiding In All These Pictures?

Can you see it? Hiding in plain sight there are two of the most stealthy creatures in the animal kingdom, almost impossible to detect. Thanks to the wonders of natural selection, these and other animals can avoid most predators and perpetuate their species. See if you can spot them all:


How Automakers Use A WWI-Era Camo Technique To Disguise Prototype Cars

In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed.


Why No One Used Camouflage Until WWI

The general idea behind visual camouflage, which is to make distinctive, recognisable shapes difficult to pick out against a background, was nothing new in 1914. The point of camouflage isn’t necessarily to make oneself totally invisible, which isn’t practical for a large army.