Is Spider Silk the Future of Material Engineering?

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Spiders have a long and fabled history of being a notorious creepy-crawly, but their silk might just change that image. Here are six ways in which spider silk is being studied to improve life for human beings.

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Adhesion

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29514984/

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-04263-z

Insecticides

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Conduction

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https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2902&context=facpub

Dragline Strength

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Alternative Plastic

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https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm0607877

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190916101845.htm

Biological imaging

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782642/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301817700_Spider_Silk_The_Mother_Nature’s_Biological_Superlens

Robotic muscle

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782642/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190301160907.htm

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