Spider weaves electrically charged silk that can teach scientists about nano-scale filaments

January 28, 2015 8:18 PM

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Spider weaves electrically charged silk that can teach scientists about nano-scale filaments

Scientists from Oxford University's zoology department are studying how a spider typically found in UK garden centres spins its webs, in order to understand how to manufacture ultra small yet ultra strong fibres.

Most spiders weave their webs out of silken strands that measure a few micrometres in thickness and use tiny blobs of glue to make the silk sticky in order to trap their prey.

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