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Moth Eyes and Biomimicry

7-1-13 luna eyes 020Because moths need to use every little bit of light available in order to see in the dark, their eyes are highly non-reflective. (This is also helpful in decreasing the chances of predators spotting them.) Scientists, through biomimicry, have come up with a number of technological advances, including the development of a film that can be applied to solar cells which helps keep sunlight from being reflected off of them before the light can be utilized. Man-made materials based on the structure of moth eyes could someday reduce the radiation dosages received by patients getting x-rayed, while improving the resolution of the resulting images. Research on recreating the pattern found on moths’ eyes onto plastic could lead to reflection and glare-free display screens for televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, eyeglasses, speedometers and more.

4 responses

  1. Jean Harrison

    Very interesting.

    July 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  2. Fascinating! And what a great photo!!

    July 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

  3. Cordelia Merritt

    As usual, Mary this is fascinating.

    Thanks Cordie

    July 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  4. Beautiful photo and very interesting. It’s amazing what we can learn from the flora and fauna in the world and how we apply it for ourselves.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

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