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    Tougher body armor may be modeled on scales of a fish so tough that it cracks attacking piranhas' teeth

    A huge fish that is impervious to piranha attacks could become the inspiration for a new class of ultratough composite materials.

    Its scales are so tough that piranha teeth crack when they chomp down onto them. Each scale is coated with a rock-hard mineral material, but they have soft cores made from strings of stretchy protein.
    Such materials could be used to make better body armor for soldiers or sturdier prostheses.


    More here: Fish scales may inspire body armor Light Years - CNN.com Blogs

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    Very cool...a biological version of the Army's new Dragon Skin armour.


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    That might come in handy for marine patrol in South America.. just sayin'.
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    Interesting indeed.
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    Don't hurt the piranhas' teeth! I used to have pet piranhas.

    I'm all for new and better armor, especially if one of the improvements is comfort/mobility. My dept. is moving back to vests that are incredibly rigid and heavy. They reduce range of motion and at times hurt to wear when doing certain things. You ask them to make it smaller and give more room in the neck and armpits, and they say no because it doesn't protect as much. I'm going back to wearing my old vest. I don't like getting bruises from my vest.
    CHIRP! CHIRP!

 

 

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