Ok, can we not teach spiders how to create sticky human nets please?
Is it possible for the spider to spin the web outside of the lab? Graphene can do everything but leave the lab it seems
624 Pyronic_Chaos http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2053-1583/aa7cd3/meta;jsessionid=CD2D4B839A63A64F092D6F7CD8AC8D1E.ip-10-40-2-120
>Spider silk has promising mechanical properties, since it conjugates high strength (~1.5 GPa) and toughness (~150 J g−1). Here, we report the production of silk incorporating graphene and carbon nanotubes by spider spinning, after feeding spiders with the corresponding aqueous dispersions. We observe an increment of the mechanical properties with respect to pristine silk, up to a fracture strength ~5.4 GPa and a toughness modulus ~1570 J g−1. This approach could be extended to other biological systems and lead to a new class of artificially modified biological, or 'bionic', materials.
3x increase in strength and 10x increase in toughness. Interesting stuff!
And there's no video?! How could you not record that moment? I would have accepted a vertical video... :'(
Everyone's sitting here talking about monster spiders that can trap humans, and I'm just thinking about how we're getting closer to Spider-Man