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Scientists from Cornell University in New York state and from the Marine Biology Laboratory in Massachusetts have created an artificial tissue that mimics the skin of mollusks such as squids, octopus, and sepia.
The skin produced in a lab may change considerably: it can be stretched, inflated, and shaped into several forms. The material was inspired by mollusks bodies’ texture and ability to camouflage when hiding from predators.
The membrane resembles the muscles of octopuses that expand and contract when they sense the air pumping.
According to scientists, the tissue can be used to camouflage robots in a war, or to change environments by imitating the texture of corals and algae.
Questions – nivel III
– What is a specific characteristic of the artificial tissue?
– According to the scientists, what can the artificial tissue be used for?