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Imperiled, some freshwater mussels endure. How?

November 13, 2018

Freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled animals in North America, yet some colonies have managed to persevere…
Stretching Beyond Limits

August 21, 2018

In the world of materials, rigidity and elasticity are usually on opposite ends of the continuum. Typically, the…
Cultivated scallops populations develop distinct genetic structure

February 13, 2017

The scallop is one of the largest edible molluscs, and gourmets consider it to be a great delicacy.…
This spiny slug blazed a trail for snails

February 7, 2017

Reach back far enough in the family tree of a snail or a clam and you’ll find a…
Research finds sea shells are as unique as fingerprints

January 10, 2017

University of Queensland scientists have solved a riddle that has puzzled beach-goers and collectors around the world –…
Made better through science: Calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough

May 4, 2016

No self-respecting construction engineer would ever choose pure calcite – a weak, brittle mineral found in chalk –…
Materials scientists learn how mother of pearl is made

December 8, 2015

Mother nature has a lot to teach us about how to make things. With that in mind, Cornell…
Seeing Without Eyes

May 21, 2015

The octopus has a unique ability. It can change the color, pattern and even texture of its skin…
Seashell strength inspires stress tests

May 20, 2015

Mollusks got it right. They have soft innards, but their complex exteriors are engineered to protect them in harsh…
Did ocean acidification from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs cause marine mollusc extinction?

May 13, 2015

New research, led by the University of Southampton, has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by…
Limpet’s shell may become inspiration for advanced transparent optical displays

February 27, 2015

Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have identified two optical structures within the blue-rayed limpet’s…
A mollusk of a different stripe

February 27, 2015

The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland,…
15 million-year-old mollusk protein found

February 6, 2015

A team of Carnegie scientists have found “beautifully preserved” 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossil shells from…
Mollusc shells inspire super-glass

January 29, 2014

Despite the fragility of their constituents, mollusk shells are known to be extremely strong and tough. Here a…
New research reveals Ming the Mollusk actually 100 years older than thought

November 15, 2013

Arctica Islandica A team of international researchers has, after conducting a new, more thorough study of the clam…
Evolution is not a one-way road towards complexity

October 21, 2013

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about mollusks, e.g. snails, slugs and mussels. The research group…
Nautilus expedition may have spied new species

March 8, 2013

A University of Washington research team has captured color photographs of what could be a previously undocumented species…
Mussels cramped by environmental factors

February 19, 2013

The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored – in spite of waves that sometimes pound the shore with…
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