Spiders are already terrifying enough for some people — and even more so when they fly. In a new study, scientists observe their amazing ability to spin silk parachutes out of thin air to help them glide for hundreds of miles.
There's no end to the amazing qualities of spider silk. New technology takes the next step in the material healing wounds.
Arachnophobics beware: the deepest moat between you and your eight-legged nemeses will not keep you safe. Experts have recently determined that some species of spider can travel across water, using their bodies like sail-boats in order to reach new places where they can thrive and terrify.
Spider silk may be delicate looking, but it is known for its strength and durability. And it's these stunning properties that have inspired researchers at Polytechnique Montreal to channel their inner Spiderman and create a new, ultra-tough fiber.
Spider silk has long been admired for its graceful, yet steel-like structure, and as researchers study this material more in depth, it is inspiring industries to develop new, stronger materials themselves.