Lisa Schon remembers holding the bird in a piece of cloth. Its tiny eyes turned to stare at her, bewildered. “I could feel its heart beating like mad,” says Schon. “The bird was terrified, and at the same time I was scared I might crush it.”

Little did the captive know that it was on the last step of a test for this year’s new, triple-pane model of Ornilux, a bird-friendly architectural glass, and would soon be released. Now that the bird had been weighed, sexed, and banded, a technician released Lisa’s bird into a tunnel where a pane of control e-glass awaited it alongside the Ornilux. Gaining speed, the bird suddenly braked when approaching the Ornilux, though, to the human eye, the Ornilux looked the same as the control. And then, “It got to go free. It was a…

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