Thursday, 26 June 2014

Young researcher discovers source of disco clams' light show

Date:
June 24, 2014

Source:
University of California - Berkeley

Summary:
The disco clam was named for the rhythmic, pulsing light that ripples along the lips of its mantle. A graduate student was fascinated the first time she saw the clam, and set out to investigate the reflective material on its lips and why it flashes. She reports that the mirror is actually a highly reflective, densely packed layer of silica spheres a mere 340 nanometers across never before seen in animals.


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