Spiders That Spin Super-Thin Electrically Charged Fibers Could Have Commercial Benefits

January 28, 2015 8:18 PM

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A common British spider could help scientists create incredibly long fibers that are only a few nanometers thick.

Most spiders spin threads that are several micrometers thick, but the spectacular "garden centre spider" or "feather-legged lace weaver" Uloborus plumipes can spin them much thinner, the University of Oxford reported.

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