'Static Spider Silk' is Incredibly Thin and Strong

January 29, 2015 1:04 AM

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You've likely heard that silk is incredibly strong. Spider silk in particular can be both strong and mind-bogglingly thin, hinting that nature is still the master spinster. Now, after studying the remarkable webs of one common garden spider, researchers think they are just a bit closer to learning nature's craft.

When you think of spider webs, a network of thin and sticky webs likely come to mind. Its remarkable how these threads, only several micrometers thick, can span relatively great distances without breaking.

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