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Inspiration From a Porcupine's Quills

December 10, 2012

tiny barbs coat the tip of a porcupine's quills Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women's Hospital now hope to exploit porcupine quill's unique properties to develop new types of adhesives, needles and other medical devices. Full Story

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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