Nature & Environment
Super-strong metallic spider silk created
By T.K. Randall
April 25, 2009 · 8 comments
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Scientists have found that adding small amounts of metal such as zinc or titanium to a length of spider silk makes it a lot stronger and more resistant to breaking. The enhanced silk could be used to produce super-tough textiles and medical materials.
Spider silk is already tougher and lighter than steel, and now scientists have made it three times stronger by adding small amounts of metal. The technique may be useful for manufacturing super-tough textiles and high-tech medical materials, including artificial bones and tendons."
Source: Yahoo! News
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