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A substance that nature uses to prevent sunburn — and to determine the color of eyes, hair and feathers — might also be used in war.  How? That’s what a team of scientists that includes some researchers from the University of Akron are going to try to find out – thanks to a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The university announced Friday, May 19, that UA’s Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, H.A. Morton professor in the Department of Polymer Science, will help lead research into melanin.  The work is being funded by and done for the U.S. Air Force, which hopes that Dhinojwala, along with researchers from the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware, can get a better understanding of the chemistry of melanin, which could then be used to make new engineered materials. (Sourceoops

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