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A Never Before Seen Optical Trick Creates Ultra-Secure Cash
Imagine a bill covered with microscopic holes that caused it to glow slightly in the light. It’s tech borrowed from a butterfly, and it may soon be foiling counterfeiters around the world.

A Never Before Seen Optical Trick Creates Ultra-Secure Cash

Imagine a bill covered with microscopic holes that caused it to glow slightly in the light. It’s tech borrowed from a butterfly, and it may soon be foiling counterfeiters around the world.

Awesome science thing of the day: Scientists are working on a way to unlock the secrets of nature’s best camouflage artists, such as octopuses and squid. These creatures actually change patterns on their skin to fit in instantaneously with their undersea environment. New research can help create sheets of high-tech materials that could be used to camouflage submarines and tanks, creating a new generation of stealth. See how in this video. And check out more science, engineering, and design inspired by nature right here.

Thinkers at IDEO are working with scientists to find a way to have E. coli bacteria form objects—like a coffee cup—when exposed to light. It’s nature’s version of 3-D printing.

Thinkers at IDEO are working with scientists to find a way to have E. coli bacteria form objects—like a coffee cup—when exposed to light. It’s nature’s version of 3-D printing.