Instead of playing with polybutadiene golf balls which can take between 100-1,000 years to degrade, soon we could all be playing with ‘shrimp’balls?

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a new low-cost biodegradable biocompatible material, which combines silk proteins and chitin extracted from discarded shrimp shells.

By controlling the water content during the fabrication process scientists were able to vary material stiffness from elastic to rigid.

Hence individual layers of a multi-layer golf ball could be produced with various elastic properties to maximise performance.


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