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New type of opal formed by common seaweed discovered

20:00 EDT 16 Apr 2018 | AAAS

(University of Bristol) Scientists have discovered a completely new type of opal formed by a common seaweed which harnesses natural technology by self-assembling a nanostructure of oil droplets to control how light reflects from its cells to display a shimmering array of colours that until now, has only been seen in the gem stone.

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