Tag: Spider silk

Scientists Use Spider Genes And Bacteria To Create Mass Production Process For High-Strength Silk

U.S. researchers developed a novel way of mass-producing spider silk using the animal’s genome and bacteria. If it becomes successful, it will have various applications such as spacesuit repair and bioproduction in space.

Material Science April 4, 2019

Ultrastrong Spider Silk May Be Used As Robotic Muscles

Spider silk is already known for being one of the strongest materials, and now researchers found a use for it in robotics. It can be used to make artificial muscles.

Robotics March 1, 2019

Spiders Fly Using Silk Balloons, And Earth's Electric Fields Give Them A Boost

Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.

Animals July 6, 2018

Spiders Can Fly: This Is How And When They Take Off

Scientists have found that spiders float in the wind by releasing nanoscale silks that are thinner than light. As it turned out, spiders could even assess if the wind condition is favorable for ‘flying.’

Animals June 15, 2018

Newly Created ‘Super Wood’ Biomaterial Surpasses Strength Of Spider Silk

Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology produced a material that they said surpassed the strength of spider silk. Called the “super wood,” the material also exceeded the strength of metals, alloys, ceramics, and E-glass fibers.

Material Science May 13, 2018

Scientists Tie The Tightest Knot Ever: Here's How They Did It

In a boost for creating super strong, flexible new generation materials, the University of Manchester has made a path-breaking innovation and broke world records by producing the tightest ever knotted physical structure by weaving a circular triple helix knot.

Material Science January 13, 2017

Researchers Successfully Develop, Grow Spider Silk In The Lab

Researchers from Sweden reported success in growing spider silk in the lab by aping the natural process. This has led to the production of kilometer-long threads that resembled natural spider silk.

Material Science January 12, 2017

‘Click-Chemistry’ Produces Antibiotic Spider Silk For Drug Delivery, Wound Healing

A U.K. based team of researchers has successfully created synthetic spider silk and attached antibiotics to it. The results of this research could change the way we use bandages, as well as diminish the time necessary for the wound to cure.

Medicine January 8, 2017

Millions Of Spiders Escaping Floodwaters Cover Trees In Silk

Floodwaters in northern Tasmania are causing millions of black spiders to escape to treetops, covering them in silk in an event called 'ballooning.' The record heavy rains in Launceston result in major floods and coax millions of spiders toward higher grounds.

Animals June 10, 2016

Spider Capture Silk Inspires Creation Of 'Liquid Wire' Material

Researchers recently used spider capture silk, the sticky silk making up the spiral of its web, to produce a liquid wire material that can potentially benefit material science.

Material Science May 18, 2016

Graphene-Sprayed Spiders Spin Silk With Super-Strength: Possible Applications And Associated Problems

Spider silk modified with graphene is strong enough to catch an aircraft falling from the sky. What purposes could these fibers serve, and what challenges are developers facing?

May 8, 2015

Spider Silk May One Day Help Regrow Damaged Human Hearts

Researchers turn to nature and spider webs to create a foundation for growing heart tissue outside the body. The technique could lead to organ transplants without rejection fears.

Life April 14, 2015

What's Stronger Than Spider's Silk? Limpet's (Sea Snail) Teeth!

The spider's silk has long been known as the strongest natural material but researchers have found that the material comprising the teeth of the limpet, an aquatic snail, outperforms this.

Animals February 20, 2015

Limpet Teeth May Be Strongest Natural Material In The World

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have found that limpet teeth are five times stronger than spider silk, once deemed the world's strongest natural material. The discovery may be applied in the field of engineering.

February 18, 2015

Spiders communicate with own kind and identify prey by plucking at their webs

Spider webs could communicate a wide variety of information to spiders, a new study out of England, shows.

Animals June 6, 2014

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