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Inspiring Bodies: Military Technology from Nature

Current research into advanced materials technologies has been inspired by the human body. What could this mean for the future of defence technologies?

Technology has long been developed to protect the human body using materials stronger than the body itself. But many solutions have significant drawbacks in the field environment: for example, the weight of body armour can lead to reduced mobility and even potentially cause injuries. To resolve some of the problems presented by military equipment in a high-stress environment, scientists and engineers have been inspired by the human body and how it evolves. This is not new: an

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