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Mob Ruler

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Date: Apr 2, 2008
Squid beaks may have medical application


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WASHINGTON - The razor-sharp beaks that giant squids use to attack whales -- and maybe even Captain Nemo's submarine -- might one day lead to improved artificial limbs for people.

That deadly beak may be a surprise to many people, and has long posed a puzzle for scientists. They wonder how a creature without any bones can operate it without hurting itself.

Now, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, report in Friday's edition of the journal Science that they have an explanation

The beak, made of hard chitin and other materials, changes density gradually from the hard tip to a softer, more flexible base where it attaches to the muscle around the squid's mouth, the researchers found.

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Paul Kersey of usenet

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That person stares as annoyingly as Bruce Dickinson.

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It looks like a giant shrimp.

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