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... The second category involves studying how nature accomplishes a task, or how it creates a structure with unusual properties, and then applying similar techniques in a completely different context or using completely different materials. An example of this approach is the study of the laminated structure of clam shells, which has been reverse-engineered to design a metal ceramic composite twice as strong as other composites and an order of magnitude tougher, and constructed of more robust materials than its natural analogue.
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... Incorporation of the government laboratories into the groups should be strongly encouraged since the government laboratories house a broad spectrum of instruments, experience in instrument development, and relevant expertise in such areas as synchrotron radiation, neutrons, imaging (electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic field microscopy, and x-ray microscopy) , and chemical and biological synthesis and characterization.
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... d. To provide instrumental facilities that would encourage interactions between experimental groups; and To provide industry with a single contact point for obtaining information about biomolecular research activities and for obtaining assistance in making connections with those activities.

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