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Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems

Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk — this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind fractures. The Akron scientists created synthetic duplicates of the super-sticky, silk “attachment discs” that spiders use to attach their webs to surfaces. These discs are created when spiders pin down an underlying thread of silk with additional threads, like stiches or staples..."

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Look out! Here Comes the Spider Web! Behind the Quest to Recreate This Powerful Silk.

Look out! Here Comes the Spider Web! Behind the Quest to Recreate This Powerful Silk. | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A Japanese startup called Spiber said it has produced an artificial spider thread that it claims is equal to steel in tensile strength yet as flexible as rubber."

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From Spiders, a Material to Rival Kevlar

From Spiders, a Material to Rival Kevlar | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A Japanese startup claims it has cracked the knotty problem of commercializing the production of spider thread, which, gram for gram, is stronger than nylon and even many metals. As one of nature's super-substances -- tougher than Kevlar yet significantly more elastic -- scientists have been trying to recreate it in significant quantities in labs but failed for over a decade. By using synthetic biology techniques and a new spinning technology, Spiber Inc. says it is now able to produce many hundreds of grams of synthetic spider silk protein where past efforts have produced less than a few grams over a day. One gram of the special protein produces about 9,000 meters (29,527 feet) of silk."

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk! | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Spiders are capable of some amazing things – not the least of which is weaving strong-as-steel webs from silk. Now, scientists at the Institut de Physique de Rennes in France have found a way to incorporate this amazing material into biodegradable computer chips. Some say that this unprecedented combination of natural materials and advanced technology could yield medical devices that can be implanted safely and then remain in the body indefinitely.

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Spider Silk Makes Plucky Violin Strings : Discovery News

Spider Silk Makes Plucky Violin Strings : Discovery News | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Violin strings made of spider silk are stronger than conventional strings made from aluminum and nylon.
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Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization

Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Materials scientists have been eyeing spider silk as a potential supermaterial for years, but the stuff is notoriously difficult to produce in quantities. Now, recent breakthroughs in the production of synthetic spider silk could see this remarkable substance commercialized, and publicly available, sooner than expected.
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Spider Webs Offer Biomimetic Inspiration for Dew Catchers in Developing Countries

Spider Webs Offer Biomimetic Inspiration for Dew Catchers in Developing Countries | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
With the help of a scanning electron microscope, Chinese scientists have figured out the secret architecture to spiders' webs that make them incredibly effective at catching dew.
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A New Spin on Biomimicry in Architecture and Design: 'Silk Pavilion' by MIT MediaLab's Mediated Matter Group

A New Spin on Biomimicry in Architecture and Design: 'Silk Pavilion' by MIT MediaLab's Mediated Matter Group | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Inspired by the silkworm's ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the [MIT MediaLab's silk] pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density. Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological "printer" in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers."

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Engineering Spider Silk

Engineering Spider Silk | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Spider silk has drawn much attention from engineers in the past 20 years for its toughness and elasticity, properties which may be utilized in applications such as suspension bridge wires, bulletproof vests, and medical adhesives. There remains, however, a mystery behind the production of spider silk. Scientists are intensively studying this process in order for engineers to replicate the silk in synthetic form. 

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