UCSD Team Takes Inspiration From Seahorses For New Body Armor Design

May 9, 2013 by  
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A team from the University of California, San Diego has taken inspiration from the tail of a seahorse to create a new flexible material that could have a wide range of applications, including in the creation of body armor . The amazing thing about seahorses—other than the fact that the male of the species gives birth—is that their tails can be compressed to about half its size before any permanent damage occurs. It is this flexibility that the UCSD team want to duplicate for their research. Read the rest of UCSD Team Takes Inspiration From Seahorses For New Body Armor Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: applications , body armor , flexible materials , flexible polymer , medical applications , polymer , seahorse , UCSD , University of California San Diego        

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

May 4, 2012 by  
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Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse , native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species list , in part due to the destruction of its natural habitat. The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a report backing a petition filed two years ago by the Center for Biological Diversity , which claims that the diminutive seahorse, the smallest in US waters, could soon become extinct due to a range of threats, from illegal fishing to bycatch mortality and habitat loss, the latter of which has accelerated with frequent oil spills (including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster ). Read the rest of Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: center for biological diversity , coastal erosion , dwarf seahorse , endangered species , florida keys , gulf oil , habitat loss , national marine fisheries service , oil industry , oil leaks , pygmy seahorse , seagrass canopies , threatened species , water pollution , wetlands destruction , wetlands loss , wetlands restoration

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

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