Gallery: UCSD Developing Body Armor Inspired by Seahorse Tails

 

A team from the University of California, San Diego has taken inspiration from the tails of seahorses to create a new flexible material that could have a wide range of applications – including the creation of body armor. The amazing thing about seahorses—other than the fact that the male of the species gives birth—is that their tails can be compressed to about half its size before any permanent damage occurs. It is this flexibility that the UCSD team seeks to duplicate in their research.

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