Beautiful Science

At times it pays to be square, and that goes for the seahorse tail. Its square shape is better at resisting damage and at grasping than a circular tail, a new study shows. Researchers in the United States and Belgium say the tail - hard but compliant, light but resistant - could inspire new armour and advances in robotics. Seahorse tails are made up of square prisms surrounded by bony plates.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2015, with the headline 'Beautiful Science'. Print Edition | Subscribe