Claim: Mantis shrimp are stronger than airplanes

Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes.

Shrimp inspires lightweight body armor

Engineers are turning to a tiny crustacean for inspiration in creating military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames.