Video: Chameleons are masters of nanotechnology

May 24, 2018, American Chemical Society
Credit: The American Chemical Society

Chameleons are nature's most talented masters of color. They use their unique color-changing abilities for all sorts of reasons. But how do they alter their hue?

They wield a combination of pigments and specialized nano-scale crystals.

In this video, Reactions explains how chameleons have mastered nanotech:

Explore further: Conspicuous social signaling drives the evolution of chameleon color change

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