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Oyster Shell May Inspire ‘Natural Exoskeleton’ Armor

Oyster Shell May Inspire ‘Natural Exoskeleton’ Armor | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

""We often think of seashells as being defined by their delicate beauty. But what if they also hold the secret to producing near-impenetrable human body armor? Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say the structure of a certain oyster shell could inspire extremely tough and lightweight exoskeletons..."

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Mollusc Shells Inspire Super-glass

Mollusc Shells Inspire Super-glass | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Engineers intrigued by the toughness of mollusc shells, which are composed of brittle minerals, have found inspiration in their structure to make glass 200 times stronger than a standard pane. Counter-intuitively, the glass is strengthened by introducing a network of microscopic cracks, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday."

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