Wednesday, March 11, 2009

How strong is the spider's silk?


Recent studies says that the silk spun by spiders to make web is stronger than steel. It is about five times stronger and twice as strong as Kevlar of the same weight. At one time the US military were planning to make a bullet-proof made of spider's silk.

In addition, the production of spider's silk is completely environmentally friendly. It is industrially viable, it could replace Kevlar and be used to make a diverse range of item such as:

  • biodegradable bottles
  • bullet-proof clothing
  • bandages, surgical thread
  • ropes and nets
  • artificial tendons for ligaments to support for weak blood vessels

28 comments:

  1. can sipder's silk to trawl some beautiful girl?hehehe

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  2. I want my clothes made of spider's silk

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  3. i never thought there could be so much to do with their web hehe

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  4. I never thought it could stop bullets...

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  5. Wow great! Spiders is so valuable! I won't mind stiching my clothes with spider's silk. What's more ... if I were in the army.. I would make my tent with the same! Anyway nice trivia! :-)

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  6. New genetics experiments combine spider silk gene with goats so that the goats produce spider silk in their milk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncWCmJ4L57A

    crazyness..

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  7. never thought spider silk can be that strong.. nice trivia :)

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  8. fascinating stuff. makes you look at something so simple as a web in the corner of the room and give it some appreciation.

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  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog. This blog looks like tons of fun. I will be visiting often to find all those trivial answers!

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  10. Very interesting, I just saw them as a hassle.

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  11. Interesting blog and amazing spider web article.
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  12. Great informational blog! Thanks for visiting mine.

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  13. hi..nice blog..i'll follow it...thanks for the message on blogcatalog

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  14. Wow.. incredible about spiders...

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  15. Interesting!! It's incredible that spider's silk have that power. By the way, I love your blog, it includes so many interesting things that I haven't known. Keep on smiling to you!!

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  16. see the animal clip video at:
    http://mobileclip.co.cc

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  17. interesting... i might be nicer to the spiders at home then. didn't realize i had such "powerful" house guests :)

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  18. Nice, i like spiders, didn't know they make kevlars...HAHAHAHAHA!

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  19. Great! gud info...very impressive !!!

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  20. stronger than steel - not sure i believe this? what studies??

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  21. you would be amazed at how pour steel resistance is. And yes spider silk is the strongest stuff out there

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  22. I had heard that Spider silk was amazingly strong (relatively) but like someone else said 'wow' no idea they were considering it for things like bullet proof vests.

    I love trivia like this!

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  23. ive heard about this before i think that would be so cool to utilize this. I hear people are still working on mimicking the polymers that make up the silk to use for the military. Cool post

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