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The virtues of tiling

A cracked metal film on an elastic substrate has been shown to provide ultrahigh sensitivity in detecting mechanical vibrations. The result draws inspiration from principles of tiling that apply to many biological systems. See Letter p.222

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Figure 1: The wandering spider Cupiennius salei.

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Figure 2: Stretching rough cracks.

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Fratzl, P. The virtues of tiling. Nature 516, 178–179 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/516178a

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