1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk For Rare Cloth

Submitted by: KoalaMeatPie 7 years ago
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/spider-silk/

The only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.
There are 38 comments:
Male 2,576
Yeah, they modified genes in goat so the milk would have the base for a silk. They would then need to strain and treat the milk to have a workable material.

The Material was going to be used as a substitute for kevlar (among other things)

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Female 500
that is so cool.
I wonder how it would do as a bullet proof vest?
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Female 3,598
those spiders are freaky lookin.
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Female 120
Nice color. Thought it would be more of a silver though.... But still, very cool.
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Male 2,582
"Several groups have tried inserting spider genes into bacteria (or even cows and goats) to produce silk, but so far, the attempts have been only moderately successful."
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Wait....what?
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Male 216
its so awesome! Its not cruel at all! its the reason they have handlers for then is to avoid the spiders from choping eachothers heads off.
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Female 196
punkipenguin, how the hell is it cruel???
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Female 1,190
wow, i hate spiders but that is awesome :D
its gorgeous! same dilluxia, i would want to touch it too :)
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Male 12,365
"you probably dont even need it as thick they said it was stronger than kevlar and steel so it would probably stop bullets with a vest made of it that isnt as thick"

Spider silk, specifically dragline spider silk (spiders can make half a dozen different types of silk) has a *tensile strength* greater than steel. So if you made a rope from it and a rope from steel with the same thickness for each rope, the silk one could hold more weight before snapping. Which doesn`t say much for how it would cope with a bullet which would hit from the side of the threads, not along them.

Besides, there are synthetic materials with a high tensile strength than the strongest spider silk. For example, you can hang 150Kg off a 1mm thick strand of PBO.

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Female 778
that`s cruel and disgusting.
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Male 690
Title is almost a Haiku
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Male 136
So it will take 20 years for Western scientists to figure out how to mass produce webs and then what? Everyone else (enemies of the West) will have it a year after that - billions of dollars wasted?
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Male 90
That explains why Spidermans web was so strong and unbreakable - always wonder how strong that webbing really was.
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Female 237
rofl @ Angel... yeah we don`t want to be staining that one!!

I think it`s amazing! I wonder what it feels like to the touch?

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Male 97
@ that_dude

you probably dont even need it as thick they said it was stronger than kevlar and steel so it would probably stop bullets with a vest made of it that isnt as thick

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Male 29
Take that, Golden Fleece.
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Female 6
thats cool
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Male 15,510
Just stay away from ketchup and mustard while using it alright?
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Male 678
cooooool
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Male 120
hmm, if you had enough of it to make a vest about as thick as a kevlar one, could it stop bullets?
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Male 1,002
If I had a poncho made out of that, I don`t think I`d ever take it off.
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Male 305
oh, heh, uh thats nice,heh heh *throws up a little in his mouth*
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Male 2,549
How fascinating...I wonder why they produce golden silk.
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Female 850
haha those are disgusting ass spiders. but yeah someone make me some spider silk socks or something im ready for a new fashion statement.
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Male 1,381
spiders...UBER ick.

and by the way, it`s rather difficult to fully and accurately measure the mechanical and possibly even thermomechanical properties of spider silk, just because of its size.

what I would like to see is the compressive strength of spider silk, or observe it in a large-scale column buckling situation.

QUICK! someone find Poisson`s Ratio for spider silk!! twenty bucks to whoever finds it.

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Male 3,482
Awesome looking spiders. I want one as a pet now.

Well, I`m off to Madagascar.

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Male 10,440
... and if you`re looking for a building material, steel wins.

Unless you have astronomical amounts of money to burn and nothing to expect.

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Female 134
That`s what spider man should have his suit made of.
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Male 12,365
"I want a full suit made out of the special spider silk (and if it is strong and more durable then Kevlar, I will be well protected then)"

Not really. Spider silk has a higher *tensile strength* than Kevlar *of the same thickness*. If you`re looking for a very thin rope to hang from, spider silk wins. If you`re looking for armour, Kevlar wins.

Although it would be a cool suit.

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Female 15,763
Does no one think of the spider`s rights? I bet they work 16 hours a day with little to no breaks. And I bet they don`t even receive health benefits!

Appalling!

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Male 9,306
howitgoes: Then they`d have to sue and go through the regular channels of "Wronged Animal Cases" the line is pretty long, and I`ve seen some naked foxes in there before too.

Always such a bloody mess. Sad. :(

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Male 592
but why? people are only going to walk all over it :£
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Male 276
wow, that would be awesome.....I want a full suit made out of the special spider silk (and if it is strong and more durable then Kevlar, I will be well protected then)
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Female 92
What if the spiders wanted their silk back? D:
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Male 205
What a waste of time... No one looking at it will be able to tell how precious it is.
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Female 150
I`d be too freaked out to wear something made from a spider`s butt
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Male 4,014
Just look at those fricken spiders....jesus
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Male 2,576
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