Garden spider spins electrically charged nano-scale filaments

January 29, 2015 6:04 PM

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Garden spider spins electrically charged nano-scale filaments

Most spiders weave their webs using threads with a thickness measuring a few micrometers. But the feather-legged lace weaver (Uloborus plumipes) spins silk even thinner -- capable of being measured only in nanometers.

Scientists at Oxford University, in England, recently used microscopic video technology to study how the feather-legged lace weaver spins such an effective web. It turns out, the weaver's threads are not only impressively thin, they also possess an electrostatic charge.

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