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Scientists Use Spider Silk to Create Superzoom Microscope

A team from Bangor University claim to have rewritten the rules on how small a thing it's possible to see using a traditional microscope, thanks to using the unique light-bending properties of the spider's web material. Read More >>

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These Smart Gloves Use Bacteria-Sensing Silk to Warn of Risky Exposure

The gloves in the picture above may look fairly normal, right? Except for that warning message on the side, which is made from a clever silk compound that changes colour once they’re exposed to bacteria such as E. coli. This breakthrough provides a means of spotting and avoiding exposure to such diseases. Read More >>

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This Spider Catches Prey With a Web of Electrically Charged Silk 

Not all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge. Read More >>

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The Only Time You’ll Ever Feel Bad for a Brown Recluse Spider

Meet Rabbit, the only brown recluse spider you're ever going to feel sorry for. That's because you're watching her be restrained and milked for her super-strong silk. Oof. Read More >>

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Silkworms Fed Dyed Mulberry Leaves to Produce Coloured Silk

Fact: Snails fed coloured paper will poop coloured squiggles. Now, silkworms are getting in on the technicolour action: a recent report shows that, after eating mulberry leaves treated with fabric dye, regular larvae will produce cotton candy tinted fibres. They're like biological 3D printers for producing coloured silk. Read More >>

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6,500 Silk Worms Spin One Heck Of a Cloud

Honestly, it seems like silk pajamas are on a downswing in popularity. Which is a damn shame. But the Mediated Matter Research Group (part of the MIT Media Lab) recently put thousands of silkworms to work on an architectural project that combines the worms' natural talent with computer modeling. Read More >>

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Silk: Nature’s Homespun Supermaterial

Most of your exposure to silk probably comes in the form of uncomfortably sensual linens or cobwebs in a dusty old closet. In reality, though, silk is an incredible and overlooked material. While it may have roots in the ancient past, it could also form the building blocks of the future. Read More >>

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This Cool Internet Toy Will Consume Most of Your Evening

This is Silk, an soothing web-based graphical toy that allows you to draw using swirly patterns in a two- and four-way symmetrical configurations, as well as totally freeform. Go play with it. It's cool and you're welcome. [Silk] Read More >>

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Violin Strings Made by Spiders Sound Smooth as Silk

The world's best violins come with strings made from catgut—which isn't typically from cats, but does definitely come from the inside of an animal. If you want a more vegetarian alternative, though, how about a set made from spider silk? Read More >>

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Milking a Black Widow Looks Just As Crazy As It Sounds

Paul Lazarro has one of the weirdest gigs I've ever heard of: he milks black widow spiders for their silk. Yeap! The venomous, red dotted, eight-legged, creature killing black widow is knocked out and then handled for its super strong silk. All in the name of dangerous research. Read More >>

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If Spider-Man Went Into Fashion, This Is What He’d Make

I admit that it looks a bit like your grandparents' bath towels, but this is actually the largest piece of clothing ever made purely from spider silk. Read More >>