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Sports suit inspired by squids

Imagine a material that can change its thermal properties to suit the comfort of the wearer? Well that is what some engineers in California have been working towards using inspiration from nature, and specifically the skin of squid. These sea creatures can change colour by manipulating the shape of special cells in their skin and its hoped new fabrics will be able to do the same. Professor Alon Gorodetsky from the University of California Irvine is behind the research.

(Pic squid, credit BBC)

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