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    This 4-Inch Shrimp Might Just Change Mankind

    Call it Captain Crustacean. Like Superman, the mantis shrimp is tougher and more perceptive than humans. That’s why biomimicry experts love the brilliantly hued critter. They’re hoping this biological wonder’s shell can teach them how to make lighter, stronger bullet-deflecting armor, which could also revolutionize airplane and automotive design. Scientists hope tapping into the shrimp’s hyperspectral optics — its unrivaled number of color receptors and ability to see light waves differently — might also help us gain superhuman vision and even an edge in early disease detection.

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