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Secrets of the conch shell and its toughness

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The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides, rocky shores, and sharp-toothed predators. But as recent research has demonstrated, one type of shell stands out above all the others in its toughness: the conch. Now, researchers at MIT have shown that the conch shell’s superior strength can be reproduced in engineered materials. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/conch-shells-better-helmets-body-armor-0526)

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Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT
Helmet graphic: CUBE3D Graphic
Additional footage: Stock imagery edited by Melanie Gonick

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