‘Armored Caterpillar’ Research Featured on NBC Learn

Educational arm of NBC News features research that could transform everything from military body armor to vehicle and aircraft frames

David Kisailus sits in front of an aquarium in his lab.

David Kisailus, an associate professor of chemical engineering, in his lab. Photo credit: Carlos Puma

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A video featuring the research of David Kisailus, an assistant professor in the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, on the mantis shrimp, was recently released by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News.

The mantis shrimp, or stomatopod, is a 4-inch long crustacean found in tropical waters. It has a bright orange fist-like club that accelerates underwater faster than a 22-caliber bullet. Repeated blows can destroy mollusk shells and crab exoskeletons.

Mantis shrimp in water

A mantis shrimp, which has a fist-like club that can accelerate underwater faster than a 22-caliber bullet. Photo credit: Silke Baron

Kisailus believes everything from military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm. In June, Kisailus and a team of researchers published a paper in the journal Science about the structure of the mantis shrimp club.

To view the NBC Learn video visit: http://www.nbclearn.com/sciencenews/cuecard/63288

To read more about the mantis shrimp research visit: http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/6737

The video is part of Science Behind The News, a relatively new, glossy, fast-paced, video series supported by the National Science Foundation that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher.

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