Blue tarantulas may help humans make better wide-angle computer displays

I would have killed for a tarantula as a child.

Tarantulas are furry, they come in way more colors than the capybara, and they’re very, very strange — what’s not to love! I never did receive one, to my sister’s great relief, but I’m still thankful for these amazing creatures. That’s why the publication of a blue tarantula study this Thanksgiving week, in Science Advances, feels fitting. In it, scientists show that despite the vividness of their coloration, the blues that tarantulas sport aren’t all that iridescent, at least not to human eyes. This means that these colors don’t change in intensity or hue when they’re seen from different angles, the way most structural colors do in nature. And that’s intriguing news — even for people who…

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