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Researchers created super-strong optical material based on butterfly wings

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posted on Jun, 11 2016 @ 11:26 PM
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Researchers have created a super-strong optical material based on butterfly wings
One step closer to optical computers.


From Science alert
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JACINTA BOWLER
9 JUN 2016
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www.sciencealert.com...
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Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia along with RMIT University, have made their own version of the gyroid structure, based on the intricate wing structure of the butterfly Callophrys rubi. The team says it has two distinct advantages to previous materials used to build optical computers – super-fast devices that beam information at the speed of light.
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"The first is that it has improved resolution and the second is that the materials fabricated with this technique have better mechanical strength," said lead researcher Zongsong Gan. "These new gyroid structures could help make more compact light based electronics because, thanks to their smaller size, larger numbers of devices can be integrated onto a single chip."
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That means that this new material can be used to control the way that light interacts with it, and therefore could be used to transmit light-based information at the speed of light around a computer chip.
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Sounds pretty fancy and clever to me.
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I wonder if the technology will see it's way to clothing.
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And, how long will it take to show up in our desktop computers?
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What I'm a little curious about as triggered by the article . . . do butterfly wings show different colors based on the PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY such as with the tiny holes and latice network? Or is some other factor producing the colors we see?
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posted on Jun, 11 2016 @ 11:39 PM
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My bad wrong thread lol .
edit on 11-6-2016 by amsterdamn87 because: (no reason given)



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