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The science behind Spider-Man’s superpowers

June 27, 2019

The summer movie season is already in full swing, with “Avengers: Endgame” already earning more than $2.7 billion…
Oh what a mysterious web they weave

November 1, 2018

Spider silk is one of the strongest and most complex fibers in the world, but also remains one…
Bigger proteins, stronger threads: Synthetic spider silk

August 23, 2018

Spider silk is among the strongest and toughest materials in the natural world, as strong as some steel…
Perfecting the spider’s art support NIF targets

August 29, 2017

Materials scientist Xavier Lepro can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but…
The brown recluse spider engineers extra-strong silk by spinning loops onto a flat strand

February 22, 2017

It helps to know a little about the brown recluse to fully understand the discovery about what makes…
Light Used to Measure the ‘Big Stretch’ in Spider Silk Proteins

February 18, 2016

While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells,…
From Spider-Infested Digs, U.S. Company Devises Way to Spin Silk—Sans the Spiders

June 30, 2015

In the beginning, David Breslauer’s office was infested with spiders—lurking in the corners, hunkered down on their webs,…
Scientists Develop New Way to Make the Strongest Spider Silk Fibres Yet

March 12, 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Biomedical Technology at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and their colleagues at the ETSI…
Arachnid Rapunzel: Researchers spin spider silk proteins into artificial silk

February 12, 2015

Incredibly tough, slightly stretchy spider silk is a lightweight, biodegradable wonder material with numerous potential biomedical applications. But…
How spiders spin silk

August 6, 2014

Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders…
How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey and pollutants

December 9, 2013

A fly caught in an electrostatic web. Credit: Fritz Vollrath Spider webs actively spring towards prey thanks to…
Spider webs more effective at snaring electrically charged insects

July 5, 2013

Flapping insects build up an electrical charge that may make them more easily snared by spider webs, according…
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