Mantis shrimp are the inspiration for this new polarized light camera

You may have 20/20 vision, but alas, your eyes are no match for those of the mantis shrimp. And now, this unique sea creature has inspired researchers at the University of Illinois to create an ultra-sensitive camera said to be “capable of sensing both color and polarization.” So what does this mean for us humans? Thanks to Mother Nature’s inspiration, we may now have a camera that can improve early cancer detection and potentially help us better understand underwater phenomena.