Mantis Shrimp's Attack Claw Inspires Tough New Material Design

April 23, 2014 5:16 PM

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Mantis Shrimp's Attack Claw Inspires Tough New Material Design

The weapon with which mantis shrimp attack their prey, including mollusks and crabs, is no ordinary appendage. This clublike claw accelerates faster than a .22-calliber bullet, delivers an impact more than 1,000 times the shrimp’s own body weight, and stays intact even after thousands of blows.

Researchers think studying the structure of the club could inspire biology-mimicking materials to make stronger airplanes, cars, body armor and football helmets.

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