Art Woods, Marty Martin
How do mantis shrimp punch as fast as a bullet… underwater? How do they break open one of the toughest materials on earth?
Tune into this podcast to hear Art and Marty talk to Sheila Patek about how mantis shrimp pack such a powerful punch and why we should care. For example, mantis shrimp hammers can be used hundreds of thousands of times to break open the tough shells of snails and clams, and this research may help inspire lightweight, heavy duty military armor.
Sheila studies the mechanics of ultrafast movements at Duke University. You may have seen her work featured recently by Science News (and numerous others) about the rules of animal fight clubs. But we can't talk about those.
Credit for this episode's image: Odontodactylus Scyllarus by Tasik Ria / CC BY 2.5
Length of Episode
63 minutes, 27 seconds (full version); 14 minutes, 58 seconds (short version)
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 006: Shrimp Fight Clubs and Basic Science" (2018). BigBiology Podcasts. 7.