Scientists have found a unique crystal in the feather of a blue-winged leafbird, Science Daily reported. A three-dimensional crystal was found during an investigation into the colors of the birds’ plumage.

Source: Amazing Planet!/Youtube

The single gyroid photonic crystals are desirable for the optical and electronic properties that make them useful in photovoltaic cells necessary for solar energy. This study is relevant as the search for effective and efficient renewable energy continues.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Saranathan from the Division of Science at Yale-NUS College shared,

“Currently, we cannot industrially manufacture single gyroid photonic crystals to work in the visible light spectrum, via self-assembly, a process that spontaneously brings together nanoscale chemical ‘Lego-blocks.’ Larger crystals can be manufactured and then heat-shrunk to work with visible light, but so far this can be done only on a small scale and is not defect-free.

“Thus, our discovery of the first directly self-assembled single gyroid crystals known to science, found in these leafbirds, we think is revolutionary. The way leafbirds manufacture these crystals is much more straightforward than how butterflies (some of which use the same structure in their wing scales) or material scientists are known to do so.”

The discovery of this crystal could improve photovoltaic cells and make their production faster and cheaper.

Read more news about birds in One Green Planet, including NYC’s new law to protect birds from glass, birds found dead in RomeAudubon Society’s warning on climate change and birdsthe scientists that studied climate change’s effect on birds, how methane gas from landfills harms birds, and why you shouldn’t buy a pet bird.

ANIMALS ARE MY FAV PEOPLE

Animals Are My Favorite People by Tiny Rescue: Animal Collection

Related Content:

Easy Ways to Help the Planet:

  • Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based recipe app on the App Store, to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
  • Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take initiative by standing up against fast fashion pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that raise awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
  • Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
  • Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
  • Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, donate if you can, grow your food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!