News tagged with spider webs

What makes Spider-Man's web so strong?

Spider-Man's webs are pretty impressive, capable of supporting Spidey's weight as he swings through New York, trapping super-villains and even suspending cars above city streets. What are they made of? And ...

May 07, 2014
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Scientists crack the spiders' web code

(PhysOrg.com) -- Decorative white silk crosses are an ingenious tactic used by orb-weaving spiders to protect their webs from damage, a new study from the University of Melbourne has revealed.

May 31, 2011
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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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Small droplets grow differently

(Phys.org)—Fine dew drops on spider webs, blades of grass, and even insects can lend them breathtaking beauty. And, examining them very closely, one recognises that the drops themselves form astonishingly ...

Aug 29, 2012
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