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Material mimicking lobster belly cracks the code for toughness
Who needs a shell? Crustacean’s lower surface spawns a synthetic substance that could lead to flexible armour.
A lobster’s underbelly is protected by a membrane that is strong but flexible, allowing the animal to manoeuvre. Now, that membrane has inspired a strong, flexible synthetic material ― work that could help pave the way for protective fabrics.