Friday, January 29, 2016

Giant Clams Could Help Us Make Better Screens and Solar Cells


Researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara are investigating how giant clams produce each of their shades. These creatures, native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, have cells known as iridocytes that use their structure to scatter light waves and produce iridescent shades. In the species Tridacna maxima and Tridacna derasa, for example, the clams generate their white hues by mixing colors in a way similar to how video displays mix red, blue, and green pixels to create white. Scientists are hoping that by better understanding how this phenomenon works in giant clams they will be able to create more efficient solar panels and color displays in the future.

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