1 Tahrcountry Musings: Scientists Fascinated By Brilliant White SE Asian Insect

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Scientists Fascinated By Brilliant White SE Asian Insect

Incredibly white scales whiter than the enamel on human tooth and 10 times thinner than human hair on a SE Asian Cyphochilus beetle has fascinated the scientists and is providing fodder for lot of experiments. According to lead scientist Dr Pete Vukusic of Exeter University such pure whiteness is quite uncommon and mimicking it could lead to an array of industrial applications like papers, plastics, paints or white-light displays. The scientists have done detailed analysis of the phenomenon. The finding has been reported in the latest issue of Science Magazine.

2 comments:

Anand Seth said...

Shows us one more reason to preserve our biodiversity

Prasanth Kodai said...

Yes anand,we are yet to unravel the full potential of our biodiversity.Lot of things have been lost without studying them properly