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Drawing inspiration from natural structures such as seashells, researchers from the McGill University Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a new technique to create glass that will bend, but not break.
Research published July 25 in the journal Nature Communications shows that scientists have for the first time copied the way mother of pearl is created.
Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells.
Biomimicry "“ technological innovation inspired by nature "“ is one of the hottest ideas in science but has yet to yield many practical advances. Time for a change. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have mimicked the structure of mother of pearl to create what may well be the toughest ceramic ever produced.The roughness of the alumina/PMMA hybrid ceramic controls the strength of the interfaces, which is critical in...
While the shiny material of pearls and abalone shells has long been prized for its iridescence and aesthetic value in jewelry and decorations, scientists admire mother-of-pearl for other physical properties as well.
Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....
- The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
- In medicine, cauterization.