Nano Manufacturing: Banknotes From Butterflies

By Amelia Hennighausen - 2013-09-23T13:23:07Z

Photograph by David Lefranc/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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Color From Light

The vivid, iridescent blue coloring on the Blue Morpho Butterfly holds the technological inspiration for the scientist who developed NTS's main applications. The butterfly's color results from light wave diffraction of millions of microscopic scales on the backs of their wings.