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These insect "diamonds" are not made of carbon like the diamonds in a jewelry store, but instead contain the same sugar-based molecules called chitin that comprise the rest of their outer cuticle. But the 3-dimensional arrangement of the sugar molecules is precise and orderly. In their report published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the researchers called them "biological photonic crystals that act as wavelength-specific reflectors."1
The crystal-construction techniques employed by both butterflies and weevils so far exceed the current technological capacities of mankind that engineers are going to try using these insects' organizational tactics as a template to produce new photonic materials.
In both cases, the study authors credited nature or evolution with the origin of these fine structures. But if insect technology is beyond the capability of intelligent people, then shouldn't it rather be attributed to a source with even greater intelligence than man? Nature has no intelligence and no intelligence proxy, leaving a divine Creator as the only possible cause.4 And He rightly deserves the credit for these brilliant biological structures.
'It's a diamond-like cubic lattice,' says Wilts. 'It has the same symmetry as diamonds, but instead of being made from carbon atoms, it's a very complicated structure made from networks of chitin and networks of air.'
'This is far beyond materials science as far as I know,' says Wilts.
There are several limitations on what humans can construct at this scale - such as what we can cut cleanly with lasers. The complex, tiny 'crystal' here would simply be beyond our reach.
Originally posted by Twelvemonkeyss
reply to post by Quadrivium
I'm not sure what they plan to create, but awesome find!
Its amazing that an insect has such a feature, but I find the instant attribute to a "Creator" a little random/unwarranted, because we cannot beat natures design/complexion? we've only been alive for such a fraction of time in such an enormous universe! the fact we're even living is a miracle! Life is truly stranger than we could ever imagine.
At first I thought this bug was literally studded by humans!