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Sea Creature”s Dactyl Club Inspiring Biomimetic Composites for Armor and Helmets

New research findings revealing the structure of a sea creature”s impact-resistant appendage are inspiring development of advanced materials for possible applications in body armor, helmets and components for buildings and cars. The “dactyl club” can reach an acceleration of 10,000 g, unleashing a barrage of ferocious impacts with the speed of a .22 caliber bullet.