Quote:Published in the journal Nature Materials on Mar. 30, MIT researchers Christine Ortiz and colleague Ling Li have detailed research of a “windowpane” oyster’s shell that uses long diamond-shaped crystals that can dissipate energy from penetrating forces nearly ten times better than calcite-based rocks such as limestone and chalk.
The researchers look to combine the strength of the shell structure with the transparent crystals that would not be as bulky as traditional armor such as Kevlar.
It's interesting, because after impact, cracks do not form, or at least are stopped dead in their tracks. Imagine all the other uses; bulletproof protection, windows, aquarium tanks, etc.