Mantis shrimp are group of aggressive, reef-dwelling crustaceans that resemble lobsters.
Now, National Public Radio reports, scientists are finding that their incredible eyesight has potentially lifesaving implications for people with cancer.
"They have these ridiculous eyes that sense so many things at once," Sam Powell, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, told NPR.
Powell and his team of engineers and wildlife biologists are working on imaging technologies inspired by the mantis shrimp's ability to detect polarized light. They are developing a camera that may allow cancer surgeons to see much more clearly the margins of the tumors they need to remove.
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