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How Shark Scales’ Unique Design Could Stop Bacteria Spread – Evolutionary Tech

How Shark Scales

A shark’s skin is made up of thousands of armor-like scales, known as denticles. Their shape and alignment reduce drag, stop algal attachment and can even seriously harm prey by contact alone.

But now humans are using that same design to save lives. Based off the shark scale pattern, Sharklet Technologies has created a material that is able to inhibit bacteria growth and even limit touch transfer of viruses, reducing the transmission of harmful microorganisms.

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Written by Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag;[a] June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. Prolific in film since a teenager, she has starred in blockbusters and also played psychologically troubled women in independent films, for which she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

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