Gallery: Spiders Spin Silk into Violin Strings Able to Create Superior ...


Japanese scientist and music lover, Shigeyoshi Osaki, has discovered that spider silk can be spun into much more the pesky cobwebs. After studying the eight-legged creepers and their silky habits for over 30 years at the Nara Medical Univeristy, Osaki found that the silk can actually be twisted into violin stings. Stronger and more agile than steel, nylon, and gut, the spider silk strings may be the future of violin mechanics. And as for sound, a seasoned violinist strapped the silk strands to a Stradivarius and played Tchaikovsky just as beautifully, if not better, than with more traditional string materials.

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