Smart Coatings: on Land and Sea

M-60 Army tank in battlefield.

Picture a military vehicle such as the tank shown. To help disguise it, it is painted with colors that blend in with the surrounding landscape. Problem is, the vehicle might move to a different landscape during battle, leaving it more exposed. So researchers in Australia have come up with a coating that changes colors to match the new environment within seconds. The concept imitates nature – for example, a chameleon’s […]

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