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Animals Inspiring the Armor of the Future

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Organisms have evolved many clever forms of armor so that they can be ready for whatever nature throws at them. And us flimsy humans can learn to enhance our armor by taking inspiration from some of these creatures, and not necessarily the ones you'd expect!

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Sources:
Gar Gloves
https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/11/6/066001
https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2016.0595
Chiton Seeing Armor
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31822663/
https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aad1246
Conch Helmets
https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201700060
https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMATEI.2011.039506
Spider Vests
https://doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2020.00029
https://doi.org/10.1529/biophysj.106.089144
https://doi.org/10.1038/srep26383
http://doi.org/10.1242/bio.029249
https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109420109
https://theconversation.com/why-we-cant-spin-a-silken-yarn-as-strong-as-a-spider-can-71003
Mussel Flame Retardants
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b03013
https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/flame_retardants/index.cfm

Images:
https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/article/protective-wear-inspired-fish-scales
https://news.mit.edu/2017/conch-shells-better-helmets-body-armor-0526
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alligator_gar_(Atractosteus_spatula)_I.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2352343294
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mineral_texture_of_ganoine_layers_in_the_scales_of_an_alligator_gar..tif
https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/article/protective-wear-inspired-fish-scales
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tonicella-lineata.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mopalia_hindsii.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chitonidae_-_Chiton_squamosus.JPG
https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/218991.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/103683.php?from=312252
https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/103432.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/218992.php?from=449783
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Queen_Conch_(Lobatus_gigas).jpg
https://bio.biologists.org/content/7/2/bio029249
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/asu-atu101518.php
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CornishMussels.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mytilus_with_byssus.jpg
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