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WaterWorld

UC Irvine named lead researcher for SARS-CoV-2 study

WaterWorld -
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has announced that a team from the University of California at Irvine will lead Understanding the Factors that Affect the Detection and Variability of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater (project 5093). The UC Irvine research team is led by Dr. Chenyang “Sunny” Jiang, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Read More
COSMOS Magazine

Diabolical design is a puzzle

Cosmos Magazine -
Using compressive steel plates, engineers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) found that it can take an applied force of about 150 newtons – a load at least 39,000 times its body weight – before its exoskeleton begins to fracture. … “The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it’s not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank,” says UCI’s David Kisailus. “That’s its adaptation: it can’t fly away, so it just stays put and lets its specially designed armour take the abuse until the predator gives up.” Read More
Yahoo News

Scientists reveal how diabolical ironclad beetle can survive being run over by car

Yahoo UK (The Independent) -
The study, led by engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Purdue University, found the diabolical ironclad beetle’s remarkable durability is due to two armour-like adaptations in its exoskeleton which have evolved over millions of years. … A team led by UCI professor David Kisailus first tested the limits of the beetle’s exoskeleton and examined the various structural components by looking at CT scans. Read More
EcoWatch

This beetle can survive being run over by a car. could it lead to crash-proof human designs?

EcoWatch -
To understand how this exoskeleton works, the researchers first determined how much stress it could take. The answer? Quite a lot. The beetle can withstand a load of around 39,000 times its own body weight. … The Guardian explained. "We were impressed. Especially given that this beetle does not contain any mineral – just organic components," study coauthor and University of California, Irvine professor David Kisailus told The Guardian. Read More
USA Today

The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Scientists now know how.

USA Today -
"The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it's not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank," David Kisailus, the principal investigator and a materials science and engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement. … A team of researchers, headed by Jesus Rivera, a graduate student at UCI working under Kisailus, performed a series of tests to determine what factors contribute to the beetle's ability to survive getting crushed. Read More
IFL Science

Ironclad beetle built “like a tank” can survive being run over by a car

IFL Science -
"The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it's not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank," said principal investigator and corresponding author David Kisailus, a University of California, Irvine professor. ”That’s its adaptation: It can't fly away, so it just stays put and lets its specially designed armor take the abuse until the predator gives up.” Read More
BBC

Today

BBC -
“The diabolical ironclad beetle is so strong, it can survive being run over by a car. Scientists and engineers have been studying what it can teach the rest of us. I’ve been speaking about that with professor David Kisailus, professor of materials science at the University of California, Irvine: ‘First of all the name, diabolical, gives you visions of something of horror, and ironclad makes you think this thing must be incredibly robust…’” [2:56:28 – 2:59:47] Listen Now
MSN News

Secrets revealed of beetle so tough it can survive being run over by a car

MSN (Sky News) -
The exoskeleton is thought to be one of the toughest structures known to exist in the animal kingdom. Another lead researcher and [UCI] engineering professor David Kisailus told Sky News the findings could inspire stronger structures and vehicles that are made with materials such as steel, plastic and plaster. Read More
CNET

This beetle is practically indestructible. Now scientists know why

CNET -
"The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it's not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank," said David Kisailus, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Irvine and co-author on the study, in a release. … To study the tiny tanks, a member of the research team, Jesus Rivera, captured beetles and brought them back to the lab. First, researchers discovered the beetle's exoskeleton could withstand around 150 newtons of force -- 39,000 times its body weight. Read More
UPI

Scientists detail structural secrets of near-indestructible beetle

UPI -
"The ironclad is a terrestrial beetle, so it's not lightweight and fast but built more like a little tank," study co-author David Kisailus said in a news release. "That's its adaptation: It can't fly away, so it just stays put and lets its specially designed armor take the abuse until the predator gives up," said Kisailus, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Read More

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