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grand
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Great Inspiration
grand   3/12/2012 10:30:46 AM
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Great to see inspiration from Nature. Great article.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Piranha-proof protection
Jack Rupert, PE   3/11/2012 2:31:59 PM
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While I didn't see it specifically mentioned, it sounds like it might help eliminate the need for special "stab protection" in law enforcement body arnor, besides making it more flexible.

Also, I wonder if it could be used for other types of protection, such as an outer layer of blast protection.

Pete Ostapchuk
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Re: River Monsters
Pete Ostapchuk   3/9/2012 6:03:05 PM
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The animal rights people would not allow fish to be used in such an experiment. Pete

Charles Murray
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Re: River Monsters
Charles Murray   3/9/2012 5:02:38 PM
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Okay, but I'm still waiting to see the Arapaima on River Monsters.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: River Monsters
Ann R. Thryft   3/9/2012 3:30:43 PM
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Chuck, sorry to disappoint you. It would have been a lot more dramatic, that's for sure. I'd guess that the reason a real piranha was not used in the experiment was most likely because of the danger and hassle involved with handling a real piranha. I wouldn't want to tangle with one of those, even if sedated.


Rob Spiegel
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Re: Piranha-proof protection
Rob Spiegel   3/9/2012 3:03:02 PM
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This particular one you've covered is very impressive. Just the fact they could identify the Amazonian Arapaima gigas fish as having the qualities they needed for their sythetic material is brilliant.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Piranha-proof protection
Rob Spiegel   3/9/2012 2:49:22 PM
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In some ways, we look to nature because -- well, where else are you going to look. In recent years, however, I've seen there is a more deliberate look to nature for innovation. This is even true in the pharma industry. They're looking to nature for medicinal drugs. For one thing, drugs occurring in nature don't have to go through the same multi-year qualification process.

hermit48
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Body Armor
hermit48   3/9/2012 2:06:36 PM
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Pinnacle Armors' Dragon Skin uses ceramic scales.

naperlou
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Re: Piranha-proof protection
naperlou   3/9/2012 1:27:48 PM
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Current military body armor uses a kevlar layer and a ceramic plate to provide protection against high powered rifle bullets.  The kevlar is a woven fabric built up in layers at angles.  The ceramic plate is added to provide protection from rifle bullets.  Seems like that part of the armor is already being used.  The overlapping scale idea is interesting.  This might hold promise for lighter, stronger armor.

naperlou
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Re: Piranha-proof protection
naperlou   3/9/2012 12:59:30 PM
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One reason I'm glad we got rid of cable.

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