Posts tagged with ‘narwhal’
After producing a story about UC San Diego materials scientists coming up with a novel method inspired by the narwhal’s long, spiral tooth, it was fun to see our local barista wearing a shirt emblazoned with the arctic whale.
A narwhal is an arctic whale with a long tusk that’s reminiscent of the mythic unicorn, but it’s actually a long, spiral tooth that juts out of its mouth. This interesting, spiral structure inspired University of California, San Diego researchers to develop a novel method in materials science.
Materials scientists at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have looked to the narwhal for bio-inspiration. This arctic whale’s spiraling tusk, which is a long tooth that juts out of its mouth, led researchers to invent a method called magnetic freeze casting. The result? Bio-inspired type bone. We’ll soon feature an interview with one of the researchers, Joanna McKittrick, about this new invention.