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CWRU-led Scientists Build Material That Mimics Squid Beak


April 3, 2013

image of a squid Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have turned to an unlikely model to make medical devices safer and more comfortable--a squid's beak. Many medical implants require hard materials that have to connect to or pass through soft body tissue. This mechanical mismatch leads to problems. But the beak, which boasts a mechanical gradient that can act as a shock absorber, may provide a solution. Full Story

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