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Harlequin mantis shrimp club structure inspires new armor

By Damir Beciri
9 June 2012

ucr-team-harlequin-mantis-shrimpResearchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, have been investigating the harlequin mantis shrimp– a marine crustacean notorious for its club-like arm which is capable to create great forces for its size. Instead focusing on the great speed and power of the club, the group focused their research on its unique… »

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Biomimicry of iron-plated snail could lead to better armor

By Damir Beciri
One Comment27 January 2010

tech-snail-shellTiny snails sitting on the ocean floor might seem defenseless against a large, determined predator such as a crab. But evolution has provided one species of sea snail with a unique iron-plated armored shell that resists such attacks. The snail has evolved a tri-layered shell structure consisting of an outer layer embedded with iron sulfide… »