Coral Sunscreen

Scientists from the CSIRO have formulated a new super sunscreen. Research into corals has shown they develop their own high strength sunscreen used to keep from drying up under the Sun’s rays. The sunblock, called a fluorescent pigment forms a shield around the coral and protects them from high temperatures and UV rays. They do this by transforming the high energy rays from the Sun into low energy rays able to be absorbed.

The scientists have mimicked this process and are adapting it for human use. So far, two years of research have produced a colourless, odourless and stable cream. It is expected to hit shelves within five years for human use.