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ASU Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Spider Silk

January 27, 2013

a female Nephila clavipes on her web Scientists at Arizona State University (ASU) are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin--weight for weight--at least five times as strong as piano wire. They have found a way to obtain a wide variety of elastic properties of the silk of several intact spiders' webs using a sophisticated but non-invasive laser light-scattering technique. Full Story

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