Military Hopes to Create Squid-like Camo

squid-like camo

Scientists are studying how squid and other cephalopods change color and pattern of their skin to blend in with their environment.

Octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish have the ability to instantaneously change the color and pattern of their skin to blend in with their surroundings.  This has caught the eye of the U.S. military and now its goal is a new generation of high-tech camouflage.

 

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Camouflaged Soldiers from Around the World

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Camouflaged soldier

Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception. Nineteenth century armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were intended to daunt the enemy, attract recruits, foster unit cohesion, or allow easier identification of units in the fog of war. (pics)

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Look Out, a Mugger! Quick Turn Yourself into a Vending Machine

Look Out, a Mugger!  Quick Turn Yourself into a Vending Machine

 In a survey Japanese muggers prefer Pepsi 2-to-1 over Coke,
so the Coke machine disguise is regarded as a safe bet

Japanese artist Aya Tsukioka has come up with some unique solutions for Japanese women who wish that they could escape notice by transforming into wallflowers. Her invention is a skirt that can be pulled up to transform its wearer into a vending machine, camouflage that is a lot more common than a wallflower, especially on the streets of Japan. (Pics)

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