Nature frequently inspires product ideas and improvements.  Recently, a team from McGill University recognized the genius of the inner layers of mollusk shells.  This iridescent layer is called nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl.  Nacre is both durable and rigid, an unusual combination.

The team replicated the architecture of the nacre using glass components.  The result is a glass that is three times stronger and five times more fracture-resistant than normal glass.

Think of what that would do for your mobile phone!

Read more about the nacre-based research here:

And you can learn more about nacre here:


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