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Spider silk spun into violin strings
By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2012 · 11 comments
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A researcher in Japan has managed to spin a set of violin strings out of the silk from a spider.
Dr Shigeyoshi Osaki has developed a technique for producing large amounts of silk from captive spiders and is turning his attention towards applications for the material. It takes up to 15,000 strands of silk to make a single violin string. "Several professional violinists reported that spider strings... generated a preferable timbre, being able to create a new music," he said.
A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings. The strings are said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to traditional gut or steel strings.
Source: BBC News
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