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Shimmering Shells

Credit: Georgia Tech; photo by Gary Meek
An enlarged view of a jeweled beetle (Chrysina gloriosa). Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, examined the beetle's shell and…Read More »

found that the creature's shimmery iridescent colors are produced from liquid crystalline material that self-assembles into complex patterns of hexagons, pentagons and other polygonal shapes.

Studying the iridescent shells of jeweled beetles could yield new insights into liquid crystal technology, which is used in developing displays for laptop computers, televisions and a variety of other electronic devices. The research was published July 24 in the journal Science. [Related Gallery: Shimmering Metallic Beetles]   Less «
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