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BOSTON – Researchers from Northeastern University in the USA have developed a method of isolating the skin colour pigment of cephalopods such as cuttlefish, squid and octopus, that allows the creatures to instantly change their colour to camouflage themselves. 

Working in collaboration with the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Centre, the team has found a way to syphon chromatophores – coloured cells just 500 nanometres in size – from squids and use them to fabricate fibres that, it’s claimed, could one day provide military personnel with near perfect camouflage – like these aquatic animals.

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