“Super silk.” “Bionic webbing”… “capable of holding a human.” Pretty scary stuff, right?
Scientists in Italy and the UK have been feeding spiders a solution of graphene carbon-nanotubes, and the spiders are spinning Kevlar-class spider webs.
Although these kinds of science-meets-nature stores that involve any kinds of reinforcement angle (fabrics, materials, even construction product application), always draw my attention. Imagine future concrete fibers as long strands of spider “super silk.”
Aside from the sheer creepiness of this story, it’s a fascinating look at the imagination of scientific researchers around the globe.