Animals Inspiring the Armor of the Future

2 243 Shikime 226 mijë

Organisms have evolved many clever forms of armor so that they can be ready for whatever nature throws at them. And us flimsy humans can learn to enhance our armor by taking inspiration from some of these creatures, and not necessarily the ones you'd expect!
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  1. Dylan Cakes
    Dylan Cakes
    10 orë më parë

    Bruh, Conk...

  2. Reversed Hub
    Reversed Hub
    17 orë më parë

    This video is just saddening when you think about how many species are going extinct. The things we could learn from them, the life saving technologies we could develope if we studied instead of destroyed.

  3. Taylor King
    Taylor King
    Ditë më parë

    So Chiton eye armor is basically going to let us have a HUD that shows the red dots of enemy movement like Master Chief...sweet

  4. thegoodlisteners listenwell
    thegoodlisteners listenwell
    Ditë më parë

    Let me get this right.....we knew scale mail armor was a thing for like 500 years, but your just now noticing that layers have a benefit....carbon fiber?? Hello??? But what the hell do I expect. Bullet trains been around since 1950, and most of you think elon musk's hyper loop is somehow new and never before done or thought of. Chumps....chumps the lot of ya.

  5. S R
    S R
    Ditë më parë

    the man

  6. Hillo I'm from japan
    Hillo I'm from japan
    Ditë më parë

    I don't support silk farms though haha

  7. Pasakoye
    Ditë më parë

    I like clams, considering trying snail out now that I know more about them. Trick is finding a place that serves them properly.

  8. NoCovid
    Ditë më parë

    Clams lol

  9. Amanda Fitzwater
    Amanda Fitzwater
    Ditë më parë

    “How tough the skin of these fish is” ??? Are..... not is. Still awesome info! Amazing to hear about all these crazy interesting critters!

  10. beth98362
    2 ditë më parë

    6:40 Spider webs are very flammable when clean!

  11. Andre
    2 ditë më parë

    Who was that silly bugger trying a blow torch on a mussel in a lab 🤔?

  12. Ricardo Petinga
    Ricardo Petinga
    2 ditë më parë

    So, chitons are just biblically accurate angels?

  13. Rhiannon Edwards
    Rhiannon Edwards
    2 ditë më parë

    My writer brain is absolutely loving this

  14. Robert Harris
    Robert Harris
    2 ditë më parë

    Scale armor has existed for THOUSANDS of years...

  15. Daniel Rossy
    Daniel Rossy
    2 ditë më parë

    2:43 "Think shapeware, but for a slug, and made of muscle" had me dying with laughter.

  16. Nexu Jin
    Nexu Jin
    2 ditë më parë

    So all you need is seriously lot of spider silk to make a real-life spiderman

  17. Stephen1R2
    2 ditë më parë

    Silk is very labor intensive for quality. It mostly gets done by hand. The "infrastructure" for silk production is cheap labor across asia.

  18. Nate Johnson
    Nate Johnson
    2 ditë më parë

    Planned obselescence is an obstacle for these improved materials

  19. Aj Conder
    Aj Conder
    3 ditë më parë

    Spider silk bulletproof vest catches a .308 lol

  20. Teddy Sofia
    Teddy Sofia
    3 ditë më parë

    I was once a herpes patient, but now I have finally got rid of it with the help of Ben Uda on youtube channel, with his Herbal medicine which he prepare for me,,.

  21. vivamus vitae
    vivamus vitae
    3 ditë më parë

    Do you know what companies are doing this research? I’d like to look more into their progress.

  22. ey lol
    ey lol
    3 ditë më parë

    My guy hank finna fist some insects, I'mma wait for that on the hub

  23. ey lol
    ey lol
    3 ditë më parë

    My guy hank finna fist some insects, I'mma wait for that on the hub

  24. lewistrundell(Pan)
    3 ditë më parë

    Commenting for the algorithm

  25. Anik Samiur Rahman
    Anik Samiur Rahman
    3 ditë më parë

    Animals have inspired armor or millennia. Anyone remembers scale armor? Heck, the interlocking shield formation of Greek Hoplite are also reminiscent of fish scale.

    1. Pepe Sylvia
      Pepe Sylvia
      2 ditë më parë

      Or hippo hide and (mature adult) alligator hide used to make really good strong shields

  26. Adrianne Gentleman
    Adrianne Gentleman
    3 ditë më parë

    If it ain't broke, don't reinvent the wheel. love the mixing of metaphors, a mood.

  27. Bikramjit Ghosh
    Bikramjit Ghosh
    3 ditë më parë

    Much love from India❤❤.

  28. Eric VandenAvond
    Eric VandenAvond
    3 ditë më parë

    Byssal threads were the last thing I expected to be fire resistant.

  29. Tushar Roy Mukherjee 10A
    Tushar Roy Mukherjee 10A
    4 ditë më parë

    I guess our species is toying with "Convergent Evolution".

  30. Raven Wolf
    Raven Wolf
    4 ditë më parë

    "It always pays to learn from the best." nature has done a lot of product testing for a very long time.

  31. Adam Zimmer
    Adam Zimmer
    4 ditë më parë

    Dont kid yourself. The reason for all this armor development is war. We have puncture proof gloves to sort recycling. Just another low key push by the establishment to normalize the killing of people (not us though) for the military industrial complex.

  32. Thirst Fast
    Thirst Fast
    4 ditë më parë

    I thought they were working on getting goats to produce spider silk in their mammaries. I swear I read that in Popular Science, over a decade ago. I guess maybe it somehow didn't work...

  33. Berkana
    4 ditë më parë

    4:01 Chitins are the "Biblically accurate angels" of the mollusk world.

  34. Devyn Mintaka
    Devyn Mintaka
    4 ditë më parë

    Someone needs to create an Iron Man suit with all of these features

  35. PrimalKnight
    4 ditë më parë

    im a simple man. i see gar, i click

  36. Kelleren
    4 ditë më parë

    "Mollusks don't experience a ton of fire" Volcanos: "Am I a joke to you?"

    1. Pepe Sylvia
      Pepe Sylvia
      2 ditë më parë

      Probably get boiled and blanched before they ever see fire. They don't have to be on fire to die from it.

  37. Chipwhitley274
    4 ditë më parë

    Nature is the best engineer... and also... the best economist... which is why the most prosperous system, that will reduce poverty, human suffering, prevent environmental destruction, and accelerate the advancement of humanity... is Anarcho-Capitalism.

  38. Lander Mike
    Lander Mike
    4 ditë më parë

    I'm getting really sick of inventions. If you can't mass produce. They don't want it. If its something to help us all. We'll do the opposite and let the military have it. Wtf man.

  39. Ethen Allen
    Ethen Allen
    4 ditë më parë

    Almost any problem an engineer can think of, nature has already found a solution.

  40. Ko the Improbable
    Ko the Improbable
    4 ditë më parë

    Spidersilk armor doesn't sound like it would be a good replacement. See, one of the drawbacks of kevlar *is* flexibility. Even if a bullet doesn't penetrate the kevlar, the bullet may still cause a penetrative injury by pushing the kevlar, itself, into the wearer's body. Even if the vest doesn't break the skin, the impact energy can still be enough to cause internal bleeding. This is why current "armor doctrine" is to wear a hard steel plate under the kevlar, and sometimes multiple alternating layers of kevlar and steel. What's needed is something similar to a non-newtonian fluid: flexible until an impact makes it rigid, but then returns to a flexible state immediately after.

  41. Gabriel Andrade Ferraz
    Gabriel Andrade Ferraz
    4 ditë më parë

    about the gloves... why not chainmail?

  42. Sny Tec
    Sny Tec
    5 ditë më parë

    Chitons may be covered in eyes. But can they why?

  43. Mat Cahill
    Mat Cahill
    5 ditë më parë

    Very cool

  44. Liam Malone
    Liam Malone
    5 ditë më parë

    Dear fellow watchers of ALfirst Videos to avoid commercials in the whole video. Get the cursor drag it all the way to the last 5 seconds of the video let the video finish and then drag the cursor back to the beginning if you did it right there will be no commercials in the whole video. you can do this in any video just make sure to like the youtubers video content.

  45. Fel
    5 ditë më parë

    Hmmm, cheap disposable puncture proof medical gloves for medics, etc. :)

  46. Ben Haggerty
    Ben Haggerty
    5 ditë më parë

    I thought those chitons were cool until I saw its many, many eyes I am now itching all over Thank you trypophobia very cool

  47. Andrew Topinio
    Andrew Topinio
    5 ditë më parë

    Oh I just heard the scishow tangents episode on this. :o

  48. Sams Customs and Repairs
    Sams Customs and Repairs
    5 ditë më parë

    hank never fails to make me smile. "im comin for ya, bugs!"

  49. Rudy Ortiz
    Rudy Ortiz
    5 ditë më parë

    Where is muscle hank!!!!

  50. Diogo André
    Diogo André
    5 ditë më parë

    This is not fair, they already had a 5 billion year evolution head start!

  51. neino36
    5 ditë më parë

    I've seen talk about spider silk kevlar since 2005. What gives?

  52. TrueBagel
    5 ditë më parë

    2 is kinda silly in the real world applications. armor doesnt need to see, the pilot does and the millitary allready has soo many ways to detect things. He says, this would be the first of its kind.

  53. Alyssa Lestrange
    Alyssa Lestrange
    5 ditë më parë

    What if my armor is just a suit of cabbage patch dolls wearing cabbage patch dolls? Impeccable defense, fuckin try me m8

  54. Alyssa Lestrange
    Alyssa Lestrange
    5 ditë më parë

    Omg! My husband published a paper in a journal on musssel-extracted polydopamine applications in medical settings!!! I haven’t checked the citation yet I wonder if it’s his paper omg!

    1. Alyssa Lestrange
      Alyssa Lestrange
      5 ditë më parë

      It wasn’t, his paper was a little different & published in 2018, but still! Mussels are cool!!

  55. miýwêýihtâkosiw Mahihkan
    miýwêýihtâkosiw Mahihkan
    5 ditë më parë

    Some of them mideval armour creations with modern materials " Dragon scale" among others..amazing what they can build these days.. think there was a bullet design out there that was modeled off of a birds beak.. think this whole modeled off of nature thing goes way back to the early days of civilization.

  56. Foxy Lovelace
    Foxy Lovelace
    5 ditë më parë

    I wonder if polydopamine would be a good sunscreen additive. Eat up more of those free radicals.

  57. Serena Russell
    Serena Russell
    5 ditë më parë

    the giant horse conch weighs over 11 pounds

  58. B.
    5 ditë më parë

    Wow You mean the type of armor that has been in use for almost 3000 years is actually kinda effective? Whodathunk it... And 'flame retardent' is offensive. It's "less pyrokinetically Talented"

  59. Antonis Teggeris
    Antonis Teggeris
    5 ditë më parë

    5:42 Phew that was a close one.

  60. Carlos Crecelius
    Carlos Crecelius
    6 ditë më parë

    What happened to the"spider-goats" I heard about a few years ago? The ones who produced the silk in their milk? That sounded like a great way to mass-produce spider silk.

  61. izzy jones
    izzy jones
    6 ditë më parë

    I think that stuff like this is absolutely amazing

  62. mfanto1
    6 ditë më parë

    Spider silk vest are 30 years into R&D

  63. Whiqed Dik
    Whiqed Dik
    6 ditë më parë

    This is fantastic, thanks A team🍻

  64. Carewolf
    6 ditë më parë

    Seeing where bizzare beasts get their material from in real time :D

  65. Devjeet Chowdhury
    Devjeet Chowdhury
    6 ditë më parë

    I have a gar in my aquarium

  66. Bradley Wang
    Bradley Wang
    6 ditë më parë

    I can't think of a good enough joke about the conch shell and the word "conk", joking about getting hit on the head. 😢

  67. B
    6 ditë më parë

    For the algorithm.

  68. Doppio
    6 ditë më parë

    So you're telling me that the Armored Titan is theoretically possible?

  69. Anthony D. Boame
    Anthony D. Boame
    6 ditë më parë

    So Chitons are the Katakuri is the animal kingdom since they their armor can see any attack coming.

  70. justBinia
    6 ditë më parë

    Who knew that the key to flame retardants would be to eliminate all free radicals. Quick, call James Bond.

  71. E Z
    E Z
    6 ditë më parë

    -Want to give me money for science? -No! -Military can use it -Say no more, bought

  72. John Doe
    John Doe
    6 ditë më parë

    D- for not mentioning a mantis shrimp

  73. W R
    W R
    6 ditë më parë

    Oh okay thank s

  74. Tempestive
    6 ditë më parë

    There's something fishy about Mussel Hank...

  75. Dru Nature
    Dru Nature
    6 ditë më parë

    I grew up eating chitons in Jamaica, we called them Sea Beef and you pry them off the rocks with a knife and then roast them over a fire! We also ate a lot of conch!

  76. Kelly Clowers
    Kelly Clowers
    6 ditë më parë

    Gars? You came up with this topic while researching for Bizarre Beasts? Or vice versa? LOL

  77. Hosermandeus L
    Hosermandeus L
    6 ditë më parë


  78. Ricardo Morales
    Ricardo Morales
    6 ditë më parë

    Why would you put something as horrific as "Spider Farm" out in the world? why!? Im getting all new kinds of upset rn

  79. ARX 351
    ARX 351
    6 ditë më parë

    Ever heard of scale armor? It was used by quite a lot of cultures in ancient history!

  80. David McCarthy
    David McCarthy
    6 ditë më parë

    Chitons are easy, just work on it a million years or so.

  81. ClarenceBeeks1
    6 ditë më parë

    There is a video where they extracted spider silk for goats milk. They geneticlly modified the goats, dont make protein x in your milk, make protein z.

  82. Coyote959
    6 ditë më parë

    Alligator gars are good eatin, just make sure to bring a hatchet

  83. TSouL22
    6 ditë më parë

    I've been pronouncing conch wrong my entire life.

  84. dmlp103
    6 ditë më parë

    Missed opportunity to talk about spider goats that produce spider silk in their milk and can be hand spun by people....

  85. Konami Code
    Konami Code
    6 ditë më parë

    I learn more from Hank from ALfirst than I have from any teacher I have ever had

  86. Depressionbomb
    6 ditë më parë

    "Organisms need to be ready for whatever nature throws at them: Predators, pounding waves, my fists. You name it. I'm coming for you, bugs."

    1. whesley hynes
      whesley hynes
      2 ditë më parë

      @Depressionbomb it doesnt matter what context for torturing animals. Torturing people for fun is the same as torturing people to make medicine in mad science experiments. Same goes for animals.

    2. Depressionbomb
      2 ditë më parë

      @whesley hynes ah, you're one of those types. A Primitivist who take things out of context.

    3. whesley hynes
      whesley hynes
      2 ditë më parë

      @Depressionbomb he said before he supports animal testing hes a sicko like all scientists. Torturing animals to cure disease is the same as for fun, they shouldnt cure disease its better for people to die of disease. People wont refuse medicine, scientists need to stop making medicins so sick people CANT use it. Far better alternative to animal testing is : sick people dying.

    4. Depressionbomb
      2 ditë më parë

      @whesley hynes ... What?

    5. whesley hynes
      whesley hynes
      3 ditë më parë

      Ya hes a sicko he supports giving animals toxic chemicals and disease too. Making medicine isnt worth mad science experiments they shouldnt make it then people wont be able to use it when theyre sick and dying. They wont refuse medicine dr.mengeles need to stop making it so people cant use it when theyre dying.

  87. JaxterSmith
    6 ditë më parë

    SchiShow: Modified Silk worms! ThoughtEmporium: Nah fam, Beer Spider Beer look it up

  88. Eelke V.
    Eelke V.
    6 ditë më parë

    So many scishow videos inspired by the tangents podcast!!

  89. Franky B
    Franky B
    6 ditë më parë


    1. Franky B
      Franky B
      6 ditë më parë

      Chiton armor look it up

  90. Idowu Akinde
    Idowu Akinde
    6 ditë më parë

    I think these are just awesome, tbh. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 I've always thought that bio-engineering is the ultimate level of engineering that we need to aspire to. Generally speaking, we've achieved quite a lot with metallurgical engineering over the last few millennia, but when we look around us, we see that the best engineering marvels are bio - ourselves inclusive. So why not start learning all we can from nature? 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  91. David Nicholas
    David Nicholas
    6 ditë më parë

    Maximum Armour

  92. Tommy Lee
    Tommy Lee
    6 ditë më parë

    Again another "One of the Best" videos from SciShow. Everything from the information to the "Production Values" are the standard of excellence in the medium. And one of the best ALfirst channels...EVER! Carry you were...

  93. Alexander the Half dragon
    Alexander the Half dragon
    6 ditë më parë

    As a gar lover I am so happy people are seeing them

  94. Mason Heath
    Mason Heath
    6 ditë më parë it co-nk? or con-tch?

  95. Aaron Delgado
    Aaron Delgado
    6 ditë më parë

    Hank and Scishow need to realize that Evolution is a false theory that will never be proven. This is because there is a design behind every object and thus, a designer behind the object. Every animal on this planet including humans have been designed and created by God.

    1. Bob Bobber
      Bob Bobber
      6 ditë më parë

  96. Andy
    6 ditë më parë

    I did not know conch was pronounced that way. Spongebob lied to us all.

  97. Anthony W
    Anthony W
    7 ditë më parë

    Evolution is not the best engineer, people are. Evolution has just had a lot more time than us so we are playing catch-up.

    1. Bob Bobber
      Bob Bobber
      6 ditë më parë

      Evolution is just the power of random over an insanely huge period of time. Human are the one who see, ask questions, experiment and create things using what they learned (literally... science)

  98. Samuel Brémont
    Samuel Brémont
    7 ditë më parë

    Is it me, or have we been hearing about "coming soon" spider-silk billetproof vests for about 15 years ?

  99. Ketsueki Kumori
    Ketsueki Kumori
    7 ditë më parë

    Normal Hank: I mean the animal. Not your biceps. Muscle Hank: I disagree.

  100. Victor Oh
    Victor Oh
    7 ditë më parë

    I'm really curious about how they found out the mussel glue was a fire retardant