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Feathers, like most opaque objects, typically get their color from pigments in surface coatings (much as melanin colors skin) or from tiny surface structures that reflect light, such as those found on iridescent butterflies and beetles.
The process alters the surface structure of the steel, and the right amount of current and voltage can produce the kind of spikes that kill bacteria.
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