SMN Weekly – Limpet Teeth Are Stronger than Spider Silk

February 21, 2015 8:33 AM

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SMN Weekly – Limpet Teeth Are Stronger than Spider Silk

Well, appreciators of spider silk should stop praising it now as we now have another natural material that is stronger even than spider silk and that is Limpet tooth. It is a type of mollusk found on the rocky shores of western Europe. Their teeth are called limpet and these are marine animals. According to a new study they may be even stronger than anything else.

“It’s about translating design principles found in limpets to form structures that are strong, yet light,” says study leader Asa Barber, a professor of advanced materials engineering at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

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