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Untangling the secret of spider webs' superpower
August 21, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.In the "Spider-Man" movies, the superhero was able to stop a runaway train from crashing by using spider webs that he shot from his wrists. While daring feats such as this were created using Hollywood special effects, there is a measure of scientific truth to the extraordinary toughness of the spider web's fiber, or silk, according to University of Massachusetts Lowell researcher Jessica Garb. Full Story
University of Massachusetts Lowell
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