SPIDER SILK - SPIDER SILK In 2006, the U.S. Air-Force...

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SPIDER SILK In 2006, the U.S. Air-Force granted University of Wyoming’s, Professor Randy Lewis, $50,000 to continue his research on replicating spider silk for medicinal and militant advancements. WHY? Video reference of technological progress made in replicating spider silk: Clothing: http://www.gadling.com/2007/12/12/big-in-japan-spider-silk-socks-warm- the-toes-and-sooth-the-soul/ 1 Spider Silk - One of the strongest natural protein fibers in the world - Proteins form in the silk glands of a spider and harden as they pass through the animal - The natural polymerization is highly oriented giving the fiber its strength 5x then that of steel at the same density. - Spider silk is elastic enough to be stretched up to 4x its length. And a single fiber is virtually weightless. Ongoing studies are researching on how they can control and manufacture spider silk fibers into certain products such as clothing and medicine 2 . Because of it fine
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course TXA 205 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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