New Generation of Super Tough Materials Inspired by Mantis Shrimp
24 August 2020
Ancient crustacean the Mantis shrimp have the incredible ability to hit their prey with the force of a rifle bullet, without risking any damage to themselves.
Their club-like front limbs extend at 23 metres per second and have a unique nanoparticle coating which absorbs and dissipates energy.
The discovery of this coating, by materials scientists at the University of California, has significant implications for engineered materials across sectors such as automotive and aerospace, as well as sports industries.
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This story is adapted from material from Science Focus, with editorial changes made by the METaL Project.