News tagged with spider silk

A silky spin on protective armor

At seven times the toughness of Kevlar, a silk produced by the Caerostris darwini spider of Madagascar is more robust than any other material—synthetic or natural. Most spider silks are about two times ...

May 13, 2013
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Mussels cramped by environmental factors

The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored – in spite of waves that sometimes pound the shore with a force equivalent to a jet liner flying at 600 miles per hour – are more prone to snap when ocean ...

Feb 16, 2013
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The secrets of spider silk

Each time a spider draws silk from its spin­neret to create a new web, it also draws on more than 400 mil­lion years of evo­lu­tion. Spi­ders have evolved to pro­duce a library of silks, each using ...

Feb 07, 2013
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Untangling the mysteries of spider silk

Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought – at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

May 03, 2012
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