Extract from “Butterfly Wings can help Revolutionize Optics and Computing”

Some Australian researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology have taken green hairstreak butterflies (Callophrys rubi), a species of butterfly with iridescent metallic green wings, and created their own photonic gyroid nanostructures in three dimensions by mimicking the composition of their wings. The result is a material with remarkable optical properties, they report.

This structure can be used to build super-fast optical computers that beam information at the speed of light.

So next time you have a chance to admire a butterfly’s wings close up, don’t forget to reflect on what wondrous creations of nature they truly are.

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