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Secrets of the 'uncrushable' beetle revealed

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

The diabolical ironclad beetle is one tough critter, as its name might suggest.

Equipped with super-tough body armour, the insect can survive being stamped on or even run over by a car.

Now scientists have investigated the secrets of how the beetle can withstand forces up to 39,000 times its body weight.

And the findings could give clues to building tougher materials for use in construction and aeronautics.



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Volkswagen in Space, oh I do hope to live to see the day... 


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Imagine a hybrid creature created by combining this beetle and water bears (tardigrades)! Such a creature would be resistant to everything, and could be sent to the Space immediately.

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