Researchers in China are working on a new armor based on the yellow fat-tail scorpion’s armor. The scorpion’s armor has a natural set of grooves that causes the air to flow over them in a way that minimizes it’s contact with sand. By scanning the scorpion’s armor to study and replicate this pattern, they were able to create surfaces that limit the erosion and damage caused by sand during windy conditions.
Hopefully this technology can make its way into our troop’s equipment.
Original Article at Scientific American