In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The oyster coats the sand grain with a silvery shiny layer called nacre.
- They're an oyster's coping mechanism - they coat the irritant with smooth, shiny nacre.
- Now, researchers have designed a synthetic material that mimics both nacre's internal architecture and its strength.
- Back down they go for several more years, during which time the oyster instinctively surrounds the injected foreign body with nacre, so building up a beautiful pearl.
- The nacre, or mother of pearl, is the innermost layer, which is composed of thin, alternating, laminae (flakes or sheets) of calcium carbonate and an organic material.
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