Researchers at MIT are studying mollusks with tiny ceramic eyes ingrained in their shells. The chitons, Acanthopleura granulate, have eyes with transparent lenses embedded in their shells, made of the same ceramic material as their opaque shell but capable of forming focused images. And because these chitons live both in and out of water, their eyes can adjust to both environments. By studying the chiton’s shell design, the researchers hope to develop material for armor that is both protective and capable of monitoring the environment. Read the full story here.
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