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Iron-Plated Snails

Iron-Plated Snails

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Iron-Plated Snail

In the depths of the Indian Ocean lies some sweet science. The Crysomallon squamiferum snail takes iron sulfide from the water and uses it to build a metal shell. Better yet, it repels intruders with nanotechnology1—apparently the shell fractures in such a way as to grind down the predator’s weapon. Read the full article.

  1. Well, kinda. It sounds pretty cool, though. 


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