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super strong spider silk

LONDON (Reuters) – Spider silk is already tougher and lighter than steel, and now scientists have made it three times stronger by adding small amounts of metal.

The technique may be useful for manufacturing super-tough textiles and high-tech medical materials, including artificial bones and tendons.

“It could make very strong thread for surgical operations,” researcher Seung-Mo Lee of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany, said in a telephone interview.

Lee and colleagues, who published their findings in the journal Science, found that adding zinc, titanium or aluminum to a length of spider silk made it more resistant to breaking or deforming.

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2 Responses

  1. boomergrl49 says:

    When I was a young girl (this was before the use of fire by mankind :), we always had good strong thread so we could mend.

    I would like to see good, strong thread again 🙂

    Great post, Floyd!

  2. floyd says:

    Thanks for visiting friend as always it is a pleasure to see you. Before the use of fire huh,gran you look so young I don’t even believe you are a grandma.

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