To almost match spider silk, scientists regenerate silkworm silk

Pound for pound, spider silk is among the strongest known materials. Unfortunately, though, farming spiders for their silk is highly impractical. While some researchers are pursuing synthetic spider silk, scientists at MIT and Tufts University have taken another approach … they've devised a method of using silkworm silk to produce fibers that are almost as stiff as spider silk... Continue Reading To almost match spider silk, scientists regenerate silkworm silk Category: Materials Tags: MIT Silk Spiders Tufts University Related Articles: Dangerous spider spins deadly-strong silk Graphene-fed spiders spin bionic silk Large quantities of synthetic spider silk spun on demand Spider silk bridges the gap between busted nerves Cambridge scientists spin hydrogel into synthetic

To almost match spider silk, scientists regenerate silkworm silk

Pound for pound, spider silk is among the strongest known materials. Unfortunately, though, farming spiders for their silk is highly impractical. While some researchers are pursuing ...

Thu 9 Nov 17 from Gizmag

Reconstituted silk can be several times stronger than the natural fiber and made in different forms

When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the material, artificial ...

Thu 9 Nov 17 from Phys.org

How to build better silk, Thu 9 Nov 17 from Science Blog

Building better silk

Engineers can make a material that is stiffer than the real thing. Starting with silk produced by silkworms, breaking it down chemically, and then reassembling it, the new material can be shaped ...

Thu 9 Nov 17 from ScienceDaily

Building better silk, Thu 9 Nov 17 from Eurekalert

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