Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD, first achieved notoriety (and his PhD thesis) for determining the structure of chitin, the primary component in fungal cell walls and the exterior of many different animals. psychedelic-library.org/c…
Mushrooms contain chitin, the same protein that makes up an insects exoskeleton. news.illinois.edu/news/05…
Chitin, a natural substance found in crabs, shrimp and lobsters, is used in the production of artificial skin, contact lenses and diapers. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
The structure of chitin (the stuff exoskeletons are made of) was discovered by Albert Hofmann, later to be known as the father of LSD, as his doctoral thesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The etymology of the word "chitin" can be traced back to the ancient Sumerian word "gada/gida" meaning "flax or linen" sugarglider.com/gliderped…
The bacteria that causes cholera also helps the ecosystem by feeding off the discarded chitinous exoskeleton of copepods (a type of tiny crustacean), eating as much as 90% of the material so it doesn't clog up the waters. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Octopus suckers have a protective chitinous cuticle covering each surface of every sucker. When this sucker lining wears down, it starts to detach and the octopus will finish the job by swirling his/her arms together Result: hundreds of skin "lillypads" dancing around their tanks academic.oup.com/icb/arti…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
Tardigrades are eutelic, which means that all adults of the species have the same number of cells in their bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eut…
Squids have beaks which are incredibly hard (difficult to dent), stiff (difficult to bend) and tough (resistant to fractures). These properties make the beak 2x as strong as man-made materials, but the flesh that connects the beak is very soft, like a jelly hand gripping a bare metal blade scienceblogs.com/notrocke…
Bugs dont "breathe" or have lungs. They have a network of tubes where air flows, and oxygen is simply absorbed. askabiologist.asu.edu/how…

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