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Atomic-scale imaging reveals ants use zinc to sharpen their teeth

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Ever wonder how tiny creatures can so easily slice, puncture, or sting? New research reveals that ants, worms, spiders, and other tiny creatures have a built-in set of tools that would be the envy of any carpenter or surgeon.

A recent study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, shows for the first time how individual atoms of zinc are arranged to maximize cutting efficiency and maintain the sharpness of these exquisitely constructed tiny animal tools. A collaboration between a research team at the University of Oregon and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) revealed nature's solution to enable tiny creatures to cut and puncture with relative ease.

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-atomic-scale-imaging-reveals-ants-zinc.html

https://www.nature.com/articles/

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pallidin

Nature is flat-out amazing...

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