Iridescent giant clam (Alison Sweeney) Animals Biology Environment Technology 

Giant Clams May Inspire Alternative Energy

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Santa Barbara have found out how giant clams are operating as super-efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as food. This discovery could have implications for alternative energy research, paving the way for new types of solar panels or improved reactors for growing biofuel. “Many mollusks, like squid, octopuses, snails and cuttlefish have iridescent structures, but almost all use them for camouflage or for signaling to mates. We knew giant clams weren’t doing either of those things, so we…

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