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Future applications of synthetic silk and challenges that remain

By Damir Beciri
14 August 2010

spider-on-its-webNatural silk, fibers made by spiders and silkworms, is a material that is tougher than kevlar or steel, yet remarkably flexible. In recent years, researchers have worked to gain a better understanding of what silk is and how it’s made, with the goal of being able to consistently replicate and enhance its production synthetically. Aside… »