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Scientists Awarded Naval Research Grant to Study, Emulate Cephalopod Camouflage Ability

By Shane Graber - Posted Apr 27, 2011 08:00 AM
Researcher Dr. Roger Hanlon from the Marine Biological Laboratory along with scientists from Rice University have been awarded a $6 million grant in order to study and ultimately emulate the unique camouflage ability of cephalopods like the cuttlefish.
Scientists Awarded Naval Research Grant to Study, Emulate Cephalopod Camouflage Ability

Combination of chromophores and iridophores.

Dr. Hanlon has spent over three decades researching this ability and this four year grant will fund scientific research into exactly how cephalopods achieve their unique camouflage ability.  The deliverables on this project include a fundamental understanding in exactly how cephalopods sense their surrounding environment and how their chromophores and iridophores respond to changes in their surroundings.

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Hanlon back in 2008 about the amazing camouflage ability of the cuttlefish:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW4PbW893ik

I can imagine that ultimately the armed forces would adapt this understanding into adaptable camouflage for troops and vehicles.  It will be interesting to learn what this research uncovers.

(via Physorg)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/.

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