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MIT Probes Secret to Bone's Strength
August 24, 2007
New research from MIT appearing in a recent issue of Nanotechnology reveals for the first time, the role of bone's atomistic structure in a toughening mechanism that incorporates several previously proposed theories. This mechanism allows for the sacrifice of a small piece of the bone in order to save the whole, helps explain why bone tolerates small cracks, and seems to be adapted specifically to accommodate bone's need for continuous rebuilding from the inside out.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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