The shiny interior of oyster shells has inspired a shatterproof glass three times stronger than current options.
The bioinspired glass was created by a team from McGill University, who mimicked the microscopic building blocks that make up the structure of mother-of-pearl. These blocks will slide apart under impact, which lets the material withstand a great deal of force without breaking. Armed with that knowledge, the team cut bricks from sheets of borosilicate glass and laminated them. Those sheets were then arranged to mimic the structure of mother-of-pearl, resulting in a transparent glass that bends under stress and breaks without shards and multiple cracks.