Beetle inspired ultra-white paint alternative is edible

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered how to make an ultra white coating using only organic materials. The team arranges thin, spaghetti-like strands of naturally occuring cellulose into certain structures, combining thin strands with thicker strands. Through this process, they create a brilliant white material. The inspiration behind the idea came from studying a type of insect, the Cyphochilus beetle found in South East Asia. These beetles produce a white pigment in the scales of their hard outer shells. It consists of chitin, a molecule commonly detectable in the cell walls of plants and fungi. The team's discovery…

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