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How Mussels Get Their Mighty Grip


Science & Tech  (tags: mussels, animals, oceans, discovery, science, research, study )

Michael
- 269 days ago - cbc.ca
The secret to a mussel's muscle has been discovered by researchers at MIT. Mussels attach to rocks, ships and other structures underwater using small hair-like fibres called byssus threads.



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Michael O. (168)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:43 pm
These contribute the most to the musselís ability to cling to a surface despite getting pounded by crashing waves.

The researchers found that the secret to a byssus thread strength is the 80:20 ratio of stiff to soft components. This allows the mussels to withstand pulling forces without shearing off and being swept out to sea.

The mighty mussel can now inspire the composition of all sorts of new materials, from cables to tether underwater equipment to better sutures for blood vessels.
 

Natasha Salgado (457)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:04 am
Know I know! Thanks Michael
 

Anna J. (47)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:13 pm
It's good to learn something new each day!Thank you.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thanks.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:38 pm
Interesting story. Thanks Micheal
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:58 pm
Thanks, Michael!
 

Michael Kirkby (81)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:59 am
Yet these jokers at the top would willfully in their arrogance, destroy nature from which we have so much to learn. Doofuses.
 

Ruth S. (307)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:54 am
God's gift.
 

Hartson Doak (32)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:12 pm
Mother has had 4,5 billion years to come up with this stuff. We should go the Her to solve our problems before screwing things up, like using poison to grow our food.
 

Carmen S. (606)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:43 pm
very interesting, thanks Michael
 

Winn Adams (178)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:22 am
Thanks
 

Melania Padilla (165)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:05 am
Sharing!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:31 pm
Noted
 
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