Liu Bolin turns friends into money, a solar cell from recycled car batteries, and fascinating looks at race in America

TED Blog

As always, many members of the TED community have been popping in the news this week. Below, some highlights.

Liu Bolin uses paint to make himself disappear into backgrounds. In this video from The Creators Project, Bolin shows the next evolution—group versions of his signature work. Watch him turn his friends into money in the video above, painting them as bills and coins. (Watch Liu’s talk, “The invisible man.”)

A few TED-related items from the indispensable IEEE Spectrum: First, a solar cell made from recycled car batteries—that’s the promise of a new paper from battery researcher Angela Belcher and her co-authors at MIT. (Watch Angela’s TED Talk, “Using nature to grow batteries.”)

And — remember Dave Gallo’s famous cuttlefish who disappeared? The research behind it, from Roger Hanlon at Woods Hole, has now inspired electronic camouflage. There’s a jaw-dropping video—not so much for…

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