When Ships Used To Be Painted In Zebra Stripes, For Stealth

Take a look at this WWI-era, 58,000-ton cruiser painted with magic-eye style black-and-white stripes! Doesn't it just blend right into the background? Well, no. No it doesn't. But there was a time when military scientists thought that it might. » 4/01/14 4:20pm 4/01/14 4:20pm

Can you spot the animals hidden in these wildlife photos?

Photographer Art Wolfe has spent decades capturing not just the hidden world of animals, but also the world of hidden animals. In his Vanishing Act series of photos, he invites us to search his images for the camouflaged animals within. For example, do you see the mantis in that top picture? Wolfe has a huge collection … » 12/30/12 10:00am 12/30/12 10:00am

During World War I, fake trees for snipers would pop up overnight

The "O.P. Tree" was an Observation Post Tree deployed during World War I. Its "goal," as author Hanna Rose Shell explains in Hide and Seek, her newly published history of the relationship between camouflage and photography, "was to craft a mimetic representation of a tree-and not just any tree, but a particular tree at a… » 6/07/12 6:25am 6/07/12 6:25am

Meet a crafty fish who spends all day pretending to be sea grass

Meet the robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus), a 15-centimeter-long creature found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. As you can see in the above video, this fish camouflages itself face-down as sea grass when disturbed. What a thrilling existence! » 4/27/12 11:00am 4/27/12 11:00am

3D crystals camouflage the Diamond Weevil with their super shine


This iridescent insect is Entimus imperialis, Brazil's diamond weevil, and scientists have now discovered that it's because of three dimensional photonic crystals that it has this incredible color. As you can see from the photograph above, and other photographs of the critter, it's marked by a black shell with… » 3/03/12 12:30pm 3/03/12 12:30pm

Watch a lowly fish mimic the incredible mimic octopus

The mimic octopus is a stealthy swimmer (and a furious lover) but it's not the only master of disguise in the ocean. While swimming off of the coast of Indonesia last July, diver Godehard Kopp noticed that a black-marble jawfish was surreptitiously hitching a ride with the mimic octopus. » 1/05/12 6:45am 1/05/12 6:45am