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Gray squirrel tactics inspire deceptive robot. | likeaduck, Flickr
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Innovations Inspired by Animals

Animals are inspiring ideas to help take the pain out of injections, feign enemies in military combat, make better body armor and more.

March 25, 2013
9:44 AM EDT
Porcupine quills as needles. | Marie Hale, Flickr
Spider silk as medical adhesives. | Ashitaka San, Flickr
Gecko's sticky feet inspire medical tape. | Harshlight, Flickr
A white shark is sleek and fast in the water. | Wikimedia Commons
Peregrine falcons inspire jets. | Dennis Jarvis, Wikimedia Commons
Jellyfish inspire cancer-detecting microchips. | Garrett Rooney
Bats use of sonar has been applied in medical ultrasound machines. | Don Pfritzer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mantis shrimp may inspire new body armor. | Prilfish, Flickr
T. rex moved in a way that could be applied in spacecraft. | Illustration by Chris Glen, University of Queensland

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