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Peacocks shake feathers to mesmerize mates

Call it a shimmy meant to hypnotize. When courting a female, peacocks fan their colorful rear feathers and shake them, but somehow keep their plumes' iridescent circles, or eyespots, nearly still, like a fixed stare.

dateApr 27, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Rules of attraction: Catching a peahen's eye

Getting the undivided attention of a female is tough at the best of times but it's even harder when surrounded by other male suitors. It's no wonder males often resort to ostentatious displays to distinguish themselves from ...

dateJul 24, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Flexible polymer opals

A synthetic material which mimics the brightest and most vivid colours in nature, and changes colour when twisted or stretched, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and could have important ...

dateMay 29, 2013 in Materials Science
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