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Flexible Armor Inspired by Mollusks Better Defends Joints

Scientific American April 2020

A scaly sea creature called a chiton sparks an idea for new protective gear

Protective gear has come a long way since the days of medieval armor. But engineers still have trouble shielding joints like elbows and knees, which requires material tough enough to prevent injury but flexible enough to allow motion. Toward this end, researchers are imitating an inconspicuous sea animal whose covering strikes a remarkable balance between protection and flexibility.

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