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Lobster underbellies inspire spiraling material for artificial tendons

A sample of a strong and stretchy new hydrogel inspired by lobster underbellies

A newfound understanding around the intricate architecture of lobster underbellies has provided MIT engineers with a model for a tough and stretchy new hydrogel. The material mimics the spiraling structure of the creature’s under-armor that affords it great durability and resistance to tearing, with the creators hopeful it could find use as artificial ligaments and tendons.

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