The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

To its prey on the seafloor, the mantis shrimp is known as “death incarnate”—the crustacean cocks back its two hammer-like appendages under its face, releasing them with such force that they obliterate clam shells , one of the toughest materials in nature.

How This Teeny-Tiny Sea Critter Punches Like Mike Tyson

How This Teeny-Tiny Sea Critter Punches Like Mike Tyson

But how much energy can the amphipod store in the material that makes up its claw, and how far can it push that material before it fails?“Well, the answer is, the way to get the most energy out of the material is to break it, like to take it all the way to failure,” says Patek.

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

The Sea Is Getting Warmer. Will the Shrimp Get Louder?

But climate change may turn up the volume on this liquid symphony as warmer sea temperatures boost the volume of noise produced by the small but incredibly loud percussionist in this orchestra: the snapping shrimp.

A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

The temperatures are so high, in fact, that they create light-emitting plasma, which you can also see when the pistol shrimp snaps its own claw.