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Sea sponges offer clues to how human-made structures can resist buckling


January 4, 2017

tiny structural rods found in a species of sea sponge Brown University engineers looked to nature to find a shape that could improve all kinds of slender structures, from building columns to bicycle spokes--they found an answer in sea sponges. Full Story

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