August 13, 2014
Spider silk is one of the strongest materials known and the arachnids make it faster than greased lightning.
By: Lasse Biørnstad
|During a flood in Pakistan, millions of spiders sought refuge in trees,|
shrouding them in webs. (Photo: wenn.com/Scanpix)
Spider silk is stronger than steel and is highly elastic and flexible.
The silk can withstand extreme changes in temperatures, from -40° C to 200° C. Some types of the silk are tougher than Kevlar, the material used in bullet-proof vests. (...)