Mollusk shells inspire glass that bends but doesn’t break

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Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have developed a new ultra-tough glass that would only bend or dent from the impact of a fall instead of shattering and what’s even better is that the material was inspired by nature, specifically the ultra strong shells of mollusks.

The researchers say that the process could easily be scaled up to glass sheets and could be used on ceramics and polymers too. Future smartphones and tablets could be outfitted with this shatter-proof glass, making our gadgets stronger and longer-lasting.

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