The Evolution of the Invisible Fish: Texas Research Could Aid Military Camouflage

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divers-123286_960_720Smoked, battered, fried or raw – fish do indeed come in many different culinary compositions. However, there is one form that may not delight the gastronomic folk: Invisible.

Innovative research at The University of Texas at Austin has solved a time-honored conundrum about how numerous fish breeds are capable to vanish from predators in the exposed waters of the deep-sea. Moreover, this research could aid scientists and military technologists generate more effective techniques of ocean camouflage.

To expand on this, the research reports that specific fish utilize microscopic structures named platelets in their skin cells to mirror polarized light, which permits the fish to outwardly dissolve from their hunters. Molly Cummins, professor of integrative biology in the College of Natural Sciences, noted, “Fish have evolved the means to detect polarized light… Given that, we suggested they’ve probably evolved the means to hide in polarized light. If we can identify that process, then we can improve upon our own camouflage technology for that environment.”

Certainly, a study such as this reveals how research allows humanity to take advantage of evolutionary processes and solutions that could aid future military technologies. Prompting the question, what could your research and development have an effect on?

Whether you are researching a new product, process of software – you could be eligible for generous tax savings. The government encourages businesses within the U.S. to do this by allowing business owners to offset research and development with R&D Tax Credits. . Moreover, Businesses can take advantage of both state and federal credits and can claim the credits concurrently.   Innovation can create new opportunities for your business and allow for the creation of new products or solutions to common problems. Contact us today to see if you are eligible to claim the R&D Tax Relief.

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