Every gram counts on commercial flights. Materials scientists at Kobe University have discovered ‘nanospheres’, which are nearly invisible silicon crystals. Particles can reflect light thanks to very large and efficient scattering, research published in ACS Applied Nano Matter log details. The result can mean covering a surface in vivid color while adding only 10 percent of the weight of an aircraft paint job for the same effect.

Minoru and Hiroshi’s discovery focuses on structural rather than pigment color to show and maintain hues. The former absorbs wavelengths while reflecting those that the human eye perceives. Structural colors, on the other hand, are intense and bright because light interacts with micro- and nanostructures. Although the main commercial benefits are for aircraft, the paint can have many more uses just because of its brightness.

— Matt Smith

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The open world tour.



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Choose the desired parts and install them yourself.

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