Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday August 01, 2015

The Boxfish Could Lead To Better Body Armor And Flexible Electronics

Boxfish are insanely cool marine fish that are not only eye catching but have unique defensive capabilities, such as poison secretion through the skin and armor-like scales. Researchers believe that replicating the complex structure of the latter could lead to flexible yet very strong materials for armor, robots, and even electronics.

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The boxfish’s hard frame and flexible body make it an ideal animal to study for inspiration for armor materials. The hexagon-shaped scales are called scutes. They are connected by sutures, similar to the connections in a baby’s skull, which grow and fuse together as the baby grows.