|archmage||Date: Sunday, 05-February-2012, 5:49 PM | Message # 1|
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Researchers claim the findings could be used to help design a new generation of super strength materials.
The study found that it is not just the remarkable strength of the silk spiders spin, but also a web’s intricate design which boosts its durability.
Its complex structure means that when a single strand of a web breaks, the overall strength of the web increases rather than weakens.
Report co-author Markus Buehler, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, said: “The real strength of the web is not the silk but how its mechanical properties change as things strain it, which is a very sleek inbuilt feature which could be used in many areas of life to contain damage to a small area.”
Full article/source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science....gn.html
Message edited by sanju - Sunday, 05-February-2012, 5:50 PM