Shells

Technology

Crab Shells Could Become the Plastic of the Future

Researchers have found that instead of going into the garbage, crab shells could be going into a new form of biodegradable packaging.
Lauren Rothman
7.26.18
nature

Crab and Shrimp Shells Could Be Used to Make Battery Parts of the Future

Scientists building new materials are looking to nature for inspiration.
Kate Lunau
8.24.16
Science

The World’s Tiniest Snail Is Microcute

Acmella nana measures only half a millimeter wide and about 0.70 millimeters high.
Becky Ferreira
11.2.15
seafood

Maine Fishermen Want You to Consider the Lesser-Loved Lobsters

Once considered sea trash, lobsters now enjoy a position as a bona fide luxury item. But lobstermen hope to rebrand them yet again to teach us to love "shedders."
Hilary Pollack
6.15.15
Photos

UV Light and Photoshop Return Color to 6 Million Year-Old Seashells

A researcher discovered 13 new species of sea snail using some clever photography.
Jason Koebler
4.2.15
The Building Blocks of Everything

Snail Shells Are Inspiring Tomorrow's Toughest Materials

Abalone shells combine the strength of glass with the toughness of plastic, and they've fascinated biologists and engineers for decades.
Stephen Buranyi
3.12.15
Tasmania

Fancy Oysters are Fighting Tasmanian River Pollution

Oysters have long been lauded for their ability to get your pants off, but the salty little bivalves are more than just an aphrodisiac: They're also being used to filter heavy metals out of Tasmania's long-polluted Derwent River.
Mitch Parker
5.12.14