Gallery: Three-Layered Snail Shell Inspires Better Body Armor


Biomimicry: is there anything it can’t do? The latest example of science imitating nature comes from researchers at MIT who have discovered that the shell of a tiny deep-sea snail could give way to tough, lightweight body armor. The snail in question — Crysomallon squamiferum, or the scaly-foot gastropod — was first discovered in 1999. It possesses a unique three-layered shell that can easily fend off attacks from crabs.

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  1. hcanas January 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Sounds like an interesting new development for the advancement in bio-technology. Interested to see how this turn out in the future and what use this could be for harnessing energy for self-sufficient needs.

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