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posted by n1 on Friday February 20 2015, @07:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the bioinspiration dept.

El Reg reports:

Limpets – a type of aquatic snail – [...]need high strength teeth to scrape algae off rocks. [...] Scientists used atomic force microscopy to pull the teeth apart at the atom level. They found the teeth contain a hard mineral known as goethite, which forms in the limpet as it grows.

[...]Professor Asa Barber from [Portsmouth] University's School of Engineering said: "Until now we thought that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of its super-strength and potential applications in everything from bullet-proof vests to computer electronics but now we have discovered that limpet teeth exhibit a strength that is potentially higher."

The research also discovered that limpet teeth are the same strength no matter what the size. Usually, the bigger a structure, the more prone it is to flaws. Limpet teeth break this rule, as their strength is the same no matter what the size.

These structures could be mimicked and used in high-performance engineering applications such as Formula 1 racing cars, the hulls of boats, and aircraft structures.

[...]The research was published [February 18] in the Royal Society Journal Interface.[1]

[1] That may hold the record for the most scripts on a page with just 38kB of content.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by mtrycz on Friday February 20 2015, @10:39PM

    by mtrycz (60) on Friday February 20 2015, @10:39PM (#147635)

    While I have nothing interesting to say about this, and will certainly not read TFA, what I wanted to say is that:

    I'm really happy that there's SoylentNews bringing all these neat curious news around.

    Often, stories like this will go with 3-5 comments. I think that's probably because it's a very specific kind of thing, and not much to argue about. I don't think that it's because the story is uninteresting.

    It's a great time to be alive, and it's great to have Soylent to bring all these awesome news.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 22 2015, @12:15AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 22 2015, @12:15AM (#147924)

    Not to piss in your cornflakes, but you do realize that out of the 27 comments posted here (including this one), I don't think there are even three that aren't either meant to be a joke, or a reply to a joke?