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(Labspaces.net)   Scientists are using snail teeth to improve solar cells and batteries. In other, disturbing news, snails have teeth   (labspaces.net) divider line 29
    More: Interesting, solar cells, environmental engineering, magnetite, snails, room temperatures, national laboratory  
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2013-01-20 03:38:17 PM  
ramon.spanisheagle.net
 
2013-01-20 04:00:24 PM  
There was some sci-fi story I read once where someone got eaten by a snail, and I believe the count was something like 35,000 teeth. Can't remember for the life of me what story it was or who wrote it...
 
2013-01-20 04:06:41 PM  
It's a marine snail. Not sure a garden snail has teeth per se.
 
2013-01-20 04:08:00 PM  
They're still pretty easy to outrun, though
 
2013-01-20 05:57:37 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: They're still pretty easy to outrun, though


Speak for yourself.
 
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2013-01-20 06:32:45 PM  
They're using the wrong teeth...

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2013-01-20 08:47:04 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: MaudlinMutantMollusk: They're still pretty easy to outrun, though

Speak for yourself.


You sound fat

/like me
 
2013-01-20 08:58:40 PM  

St_Francis_P: It's a marine snail. Not sure a garden snail has teeth per se.


Both are molluscs that use radulas to scrape food off of a substrate. I am sure the "teeth" on the chiton are larger than those on a garden snail, however.
 
2013-01-20 08:58:45 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
I can't fap to this!!!
 
2013-01-20 09:09:02 PM  

whidbey: There was some sci-fi story I read once where someone got eaten by a snail, and I believe the count was something like 35,000 teeth. Can't remember for the life of me what story it was or who wrote it...


I remembered that story too. During my Google quest to identify it, I found several other people who had written about their own labors in tracking down the story.

It's "The Quest for the 'Blank Claveringi'" by Patricia Highsmith.

Quote from that NYT bio I linked to: "Concealment was her game, and her way of life. Dating three women at a time was not difficult for her. She collected snails, liking their portable hiding place and the impossibility of telling which was male and which was female. She traveled with snails in her luggage and kept hundreds at home. If she was bored at dinner parties, she might get a few snails out of her purse and let them loose on the tablecloth. As she didn't eat much, she was often bored at dinner parties."
 
2013-01-20 09:13:44 PM  

SurfaceTension: jehovahs witness protection: MaudlinMutantMollusk: They're still pretty easy to outrun, though

Speak for yourself.

You sound fat

/like me


nah...had a couple of strokes. Can't walk anymore

/no biggie
 
2013-01-20 09:20:31 PM  
How else can they smile?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-20 09:41:05 PM  

doyner: [upload.wikimedia.org image 575x421]
I can't fap to this!!!


Hmmm that's a gumboot chiton, not a snail.
 
2013-01-20 09:44:17 PM  

RKTeuthis: doyner: [upload.wikimedia.org image 575x421]
I can't fap to this!!!

Hmmm that's a gumboot chiton, not a snail.


Yeah, but it's from TFA.
 
2013-01-20 09:44:31 PM  
F*cking magnetite, how does it work??
 
2013-01-20 09:58:31 PM  
RADula?
 
2013-01-20 10:10:55 PM  
I wonder if this will open up a market for snail orthodontia?
 
2013-01-20 10:21:35 PM  
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2013-01-20 10:39:04 PM  

Parthenogenetic: whidbey: There was some sci-fi story I read once where someone got eaten by a snail, and I believe the count was something like 35,000 teeth. Can't remember for the life of me what story it was or who wrote it...

I remembered that story too. During my Google quest to identify it, I found several other people who had written about their own labors in tracking down the story.

It's "The Quest for the 'Blank Claveringi'" by Patricia Highsmith.

Quote from that NYT bio I linked to: "Concealment was her game, and her way of life. Dating three women at a time was not difficult for her. She collected snails, liking their portable hiding place and the impossibility of telling which was male and which was female. She traveled with snails in her luggage and kept hundreds at home. If she was bored at dinner parties, she might get a few snails out of her purse and let them loose on the tablecloth. As she didn't eat much, she was often bored at dinner parties."


Ahhhhhhhhhhh! The Blank Caveringi! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

/I was a kid when I read it.
 
2013-01-20 11:06:06 PM  
Interesting article on biomimicry, especially with the room temperature construction aspect, but I have never heard of a solar cell that has a magnetite component in it. Al, Cu, and a few other metals sure, but never magnetite.

/As we like to say "nano" is Greek for "funding"
 
2013-01-20 11:46:42 PM  

Harry_Seldon: How else can they smile?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x167]


i291.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-21 12:37:06 AM  
That's an awesome nickname!!

Just call me Wandering Meatloaf.
 
2013-01-21 02:48:19 AM  

whidbey: There was some sci-fi story I read once where someone got eaten by a snail, and I believe the count was something like 35,000 teeth. Can't remember for the life of me what story it was or who wrote it...


Usually about 10,000 if I remember right but any way the concept is disturbing
 
2013-01-21 03:48:32 AM  
Yes, snails and slugs have teeth. They have radula (tongues with teeth covering them) to scrape up the plant matter they feed on. No, it can't do anything to a human, our skin is too thick and tough.
 
2013-01-21 08:04:34 AM  

doyner: [upload.wikimedia.org image 575x421]
I can't fap to this!!!


I'll manage somehow
 
2013-01-21 12:33:07 PM  

DubyaHater: doyner: [upload.wikimedia.org image 575x421]
I can't fap to this!!!

I'll manage somehow


Amateurs...

/fap
//fapfapfapfap
 
2013-01-21 12:42:28 PM  

Keizer_Ghidorah: Yes, snails and slugs have teeth. They have radula (tongues with teeth covering them) to scrape up the plant matter they feed on. No, it can't do anything to a human, our skin is too thick and tough.


Actually, they could. The radula of chitons are impregnated with magnetite (Iron!), but most snails have radula made of chiten. If you were unconscious one of these buggers could scrap its way right through your skin. However, since that would be kind of painful - you would notice it if you were awake.
 
2013-01-21 03:20:19 PM  
Well duh, how else are snails supposed to gnarl on your brain while you are sleeping?
 
2013-01-22 04:39:39 PM  

Colin O'Scopy: That's an awesome nickname!!

Just call me Wandering Meatloaf.


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