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Beetle masters optics

Study finds cells in the shell twist light in a particular way

2:37pm, July 23, 2009

Jeweled beetles’ resplendent shells have physicists green with envy. Intricate arrangements of cells on the beetles’ outer layers manipulate light in a special way, a study published online July 23 in Science reveals. Understanding the shell’s structure might prove useful for designing new optical devices.

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