A bit of a change of pace with today’s post.
Believe it or not, snails have been discovered in the depths of the ocean that are literally iron-plated. They live near deep-sea vents that spew out minerals and metals including gold:
Another example of the ingenuity of nature: researchers are finding inspiration in the extraordinarily strong exoskeleton of a deep-sea snail, Crysomallon squamiferum. The mollusk’s iron-plated shell is giving researchers insights that could lead to stronger materials for airplane hulls, cars, and military equipment [read more].
Photo credit: © Dr. Anders Warén, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden. [Via]