The strongest natural substance known to man is… sea-snail teeth

February 18th, 2015 § 0 comments

Forget Spider Silk, the limpet tooth is now the strongest substance known to man.

Barber used a a new technique involving atomic force microscopy to yank apart a sliver of toothy material nearly 100 times thinner than the breadth of a human hair. The substance he found is made of what he calls “an almost ideal” mix of protein reinforced by fine mineral nanofibers called goethite—creating a structure so sturdy it outperforms spider silk, which scientists had believed to be the strongest biological material.

Limpet Tooth


Follow me on twitter.

Leave a Reply

What's this?

You are currently reading The strongest natural substance known to man is… sea-snail teeth at Thomas Paine Rants.

meta