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How Spiders Work: Spider Silk
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How Spiders Work: Spider Silk

Spiderwebs may look fragile, but spider silk is actually one of the strongest materials known to exist. The possible uses for spider silk are endless, and that has many scientists studying it and trying to figure out how to reproduce it.

How do spiders spin silk? And how does web structure change from one species to another? Take a closer look.

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Spider Silk Spun into Violin Strings

Spider Silk Spun into Violin Strings

Violin strings made from spider silk have impressed some professional violinists. Hear a spider solo here. More...

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BBC
Super Silk Gene Goats

Super Silk Gene Goats

These goats have one spider silk gene in their genetic makeup. Watch to see how the gene gets inside the goat, and why this silk protein is so valuable. More...

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Science Channel
7 Wonderful Frozen Spider Webs

7 Wonderful Frozen Spider Webs

Mother Nature puts the freeze on spider webs in this awesome image gallery. More...

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Mother Nature Interactive
Along Came a Spider: The Wonders of Spider Silk

Along Came a Spider: The Wonders of Spider Silk

While spiderwebs may be a housekeeper's nightmare, spider silk fascinates some scientists. Take a look at the industrial and medical uses of spider silk. More...

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Scientific American
Cheryl Hayashi: The Magnificence of Spider Silk

Cheryl Hayashi: The Magnificence of Spider Silk

A spider-silk scientist describes how spiders are able to create so many different types of silk. More...

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TED
Silk vs. Steel

Silk vs. Steel

You may have heard that spider silk is stronger than steel. Is that really true? Here are the answers from some real scientists. More...

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Newton/Department of Energy
Spider Web Pictures

Spider Web Pictures

Take a moment to marvel at the beauty and intricacy in nature. Webs delicately woven by spiders catch the morning dew and illustrate amazing patterns. More...

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National Geographic
Spider Webs Blanket Countryside After Australian Floods

Spider Webs Blanket Countryside After Australian Floods

When heavy floods in Australia forced spiders out of their usual habitats, they covered the nearby trees and bushes in webs. Take a look! More...

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National Geographic
Tangled Webs: Why Scientists Want to Re-Create Spider Silk

Tangled Webs: Why Scientists Want to Re-Create Spider Silk

It's stronger than steel, more elastic than rubber. But if we want spider silk products, don't expect help from the spiders. Can we make the silk artificially? More...

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BBC
Who Wouldn’t Want to Study Spiders?

Who Wouldn’t Want to Study Spiders?

Frank Vollrath has big plans for spider silk. He hopes a better understanding of it's properties will help revolutionize everything from knee replacements to heart transplants. More...

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The Guardian

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