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On today’s Creation Moments Minute, see how science is using ceramics by looking at the ceramics in nature.
Scientists who are working on newer and better materials out of which to make things are concentrating their attention on ceramics. However, man-made ceramics are often too brittle to work well as machine parts.
Scientists have found, though, that ceramics in living bodies like teeth and shells are much less brittle than man-made ceramics. Taking their cue from living things, scientists have successfully made stronger, less-brittle ceramics patterned after biological ceramics. The new ceramics offer great promise in designing radical new electronics. One type of ceramic has served well as artificial bone. The body even accepts the ceramic as though it was true bone!
Modern scientists have learned that to solve an engineering problem it is usually better to learn how our wise Creator solved the same problem in the first place.
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: E. Pennisi. “Nature Points the Way to Tougher Ceramics.” Science News, Vol. 140, p. 150.