structural colour

  • Unweaving the peacock spider’s rainbows

    Peacock spiders use sophisticated optical nanostructures.

    Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their f...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • Ultra black bird

    This bird’s feathers remain black even when coated in gold.

    This black feather from a Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) still appears ultra black even when coated with go...

    Birds January 10, 2018
  • Brightly coloured inks use silicon balls to mimic duck feathers

    ‘Structural colour’ may soon be available for everyday use.

    Different shades of ‘supraball’ pigment.Ming Xiao at the University of AkronSilica-coated balls mimicking the structu...

    Technology September 17, 2017
  • A butterfly with wings as clear as glass

    The transparent wings of Greta oto hold microscopic secrets.

    The transparent wings of Greta oto, the glass-winged butterfly. Credit: David Tiller Despite its name the glass-wing...

    Biology July 24, 2017
  • How scientists invent new colours

    Natural wonders inspire the search for new sources of colour.

    Butterfly wings, like those of the monarch butterfly, have inspired scientists to create “structural colours”. Credit...

    Chemistry July 20, 2017