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(YouTube)   Bow to our new beetle overlord, this diabolical Ironclad Beetle can survive being run over by a car and will survive way longer than us squishy humans   ( divider line
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404 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 25 Oct 2020 at 8:44 AM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle: Unlocking the secrets of its super-tough design

The diabolical ironclad beetle is so tough, it can survive getting run over by a car applying ~100 newtons of force. Engineers from Purdue University and UC-Irvine teamed up to unlock the beetle's secrets. Their research, featured in a paper published in Nature, revealed that the beetle's super-toughness lies in its two armorlike "elytron" that meet at a line, called a suture, running the length of the abdomen.

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Featured Purdue Engineer:
Pablo Zavattieri, Jerry M. and Lynda T. Engelhardt Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Video credits:
CT scans, electric microscopy, and compression test video by Dr.Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California, Irvine

3D models and computer simulations by Maryam Sadat Hosseini, PhD student, Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Dung Beetle Flying: via Drive South Africa

Music: "Am-Trans" by Podington Bear via Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0) from


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