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"If I had to get a new Ph.D. now, I'd get it in polymer engineering - the manipulation of matter."
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Shiftsuit  
  A form of adaptive camouflage gear.  

...The woman wore shiftsuit gear, but no armor. The shiftsuit tried to mimic the rain hitting it, but it had not been designed for such, and only looked a puddly gray.
Technovelgy from Matadora, by Steve Perry.
Published by Ace in 1986
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Compare to chameleon cloth from George RR Martin's 1976 novel The Dying of the Light, the Chameleon Battle-Dress from Gordon R. Dickson's 1960 novel Dorsai! and the Mimetic Polycarbon Suit from William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer.

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