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Abalone Armor: Toughest Stuff Theoretically Possible

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In terms of strength, a positive charge on the protein coating binds to a negative charge on the top and bottom surfaces of the hexagonally-shaped chalk tiles. This 'glue' is strong enough to hold layers of tiles firmly together, but weak enough to permit the layers to slide apart, absorbing the energy of a heavy blow in the process.

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