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December 20, 2017

Spiders Drink Nanotubes, Spin Kevlar-Strength Web

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  • Nanotechnology

Gear Junkie – Scientists in Italy and the U.K. have enabled spiders to spin enhanced webs as strong as Kevlar. Go ahead, board up your windows. I’ll wait.

The study, published this August in the journal 2D Materials, found that spiders fed a special diet of graphene produced silk five times stronger than non-enhanced silk. That puts it in line with the material used to make bulletproof vests – strong enough even to hold a human.

Thankfully, the researchers believe this could benefit humanity rather than spell its demise. The study’s lead researcher, Nicola Pugno, suggested the enhanced silk could improve high-stress materials like parachutes and climbing ropes.

Read more at Gear Junkie.

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