Haliotis scalaris (Australia). Living on rocks in surge zones, their rippled surface creates eddies in water flow dynamics that help them to stay in place (clever, right?) We supplied some to the Max Planck Institute for Biomaterial research.
An international team from the Attosecond Physics Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching has discovered a time delay when using light pulses to eject electrons from atoms. This led to the measurement of the shortest time observed in nature to date, reported in Science magazine, June 25, 2010.