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A team of MIT researchers are drawing inspiration from a type of aquatic creatures known as chitons-who have miniature eyes embedded directly in their hard protective shells-to develop new body armor with built-in optics that could be used to monitor surroundings. MIT professor Christine Ortiz, as well as colleagues from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institute, Harvard University and elsewhere, reported in the latest edition of the journal that the chiton Acanthopleura granulata possesses "an integrated sensory system" that "includes hundreds of eyes with aragonite-based lenses," providing both sight and protection. Comment?
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