Gallery: Scientists Unlock Secret of Super Strong Spider Silk Material

 

Photo by Luc Viatour

Spider silk may seem fragile, but it actually has a tensile strength that is a whopping five times more than steel! Scientists have been trying to replicate and harness the properties of the elusive material for years and now researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and the University of Bayreuth have actually unlocked the secret of how spiders construct the elastic fibers. Armed with this new knowledge, they’re planning to build an artificial spinning apparatus that will mimic a spider’s silk glands, which could eventually lead to a material that could have an unlimited number of applications from medical to construction.

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  3. maha kamel May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    very interesting, we’re always going back to Nature for solutions and ideas…!

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