Product authentication at your fingertips

Imagine if water vapor in your breath or surrounding your fingertips revealed invisible patterns on commercial products—smartphones, laptops, expensive liquor—that verified the products' authenticity and aided anticounterfeiting ...

Structural colors, without the shimmer

Structural colors, like those found in some butterflies' wings, birds' feathers and beetles' backs, resist fading because they don't absorb light like dyes and pigments. However, the iridescence that enhances their beauty ...

Nanostructures filter light to order

Arrays of nanoscale pillars made to reflect light of a selected color could find application as optical filters in digital cameras.

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