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Strong, tough, and uncrushable—How Mother Nature designs structural biological materials

By Eileen De Guire / May 21, 2013

Nature is replete with ingenious structures to make life not just possible, but better. The bony plates of seahorse skeletons, for example, slide past each other, giving the creature incredible flexibility. Materials scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are working to unlock the secrets. Credit: Joanna McKittrick, UCSD. The Materials Genome Initiative boosted the…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 23, 2013

How energy harvesting tech could power wearables and the internet of things (GigaOm) It’s all very well talking about the evolution of wearable computing and the internet of things, but something has to power these thin and/or tiny devices. For that reason, it’s a good thing that so many ideas are popping up in the…

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Crocodile scale formation—more materials science than biology

By / February 1, 2013

Crocodile skin sections (left) indicate that cracks correspond to epidermal bulges that reach the stiff underlying tissues. Immunohistochemistry (right) indicates increased cell proliferation (green) within the skin grooves corresponding to cracks. Abbreviations: primary (pc) and secondary (sc) cracks (ep, epidermis, de, dermis, bo, bone tissue). Credit: Nicolas Di-Poi; Milinkovitch Group, UG. Today is the last…

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Nature’s nanomaterials—To be or not to be bioinspired?

By Eileen De Guire / November 2, 2012

Figure 1. Synthetic sea shells. Credit: MaterialsViews; Wiley. Editor’s note: The other day I told you about a conference on bioinspired materials that I attended as a guest. In this blog post, Geoffrey Ozin, professor of materials chemistry at the University of Toronto, explains this field of research in more detail, and in the last…

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