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Mother-of-Pearl: Classic Beauty and Remarkable Strength

July 2, 2007

Photo of abalone shell Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute for the Physics of Complex Matter in Switzerland describe unexpected properties of one of nature's super-tough materials: mother-of-pearl. The researchers uncovered clues to how the material forms and why it is exceptionally strong. Full Story

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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