Common Spider Spins Silk Fibers Only a Few Nanometers Thick with Electric Charge

January 29, 2015 12:30 PM

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How do spiders spin incredibly long and strong fibers just a few nanometers thick? It may have to do with electric charge. Scientists have taken a closer look at the common feather-legged lace weaver spider, Uloborus plumipes, in order to learn from its web-spinning technique.

Most spiders spin silk threads that are several micrometers thick. In the case of the feather-legged lace weaver, though, it has the ability to spin nano-scale filaments. Learning exactly how this is done could help researchers develop new technologies to enable the commercial spinning of nano-scale...

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