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The Infinitum Table by Louise-Anne van 't Riet is beautiful, elegant, and designed to look like there is a bottomless hole in your living room. However, it isn't just meant to be a fabulous piece of furniture. The table is designed to make sure that people tidy up after themselves. It only turns on when you set something down on it. Likewise it only turns off when you remove items on the top.
With recent advances in understanding the science behind chameleons' color changes, researchers have been able to develop an artificial chameleon-like skin that changes color when deformed. The new material will have a number of exciting applications ranging from camouflage to color-changing sensors to next-generation flexible color displays.