A mantis shrimp in the lab of David Kisailus. (Credit: Carlos Puma)
Armored Caterpillar Could Inspire New Body Armor -- Science Daily
ScienceDaily (June 7, 2012) — Military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm of a crustacean that looks like an armored caterpillar, according to findings by a team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering and elsewhere published online June 7, in the journal Science.
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My Comment: This is interesting science .... but I assume that it will take a long time to develop such discoveries into practical applications.