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Spiders Eat Graphene, Spin Superwebs

Spiders Eat Graphene, Spin Superwebs

Researchers say feeding to spiders produces stronger webs. The researchers think it could mean new ways to make parachutes rather than it being the start of a cheap disaster movie.

As we’ve covered many times, graphene is made of carbon atoms arranged in a chain of hexagons, somewhat like chicken wire. The material is incredibly strong yet ultra-thin and flexible, leading to all manner of uses.

The researchers were led by Nicola Pugno of the University of Trento in Italy. They explored the idea that spiders already produce webs that share characteristics with graphene – while they aren’t resilient enough to stand up to a feather duster, they are strong enough to hold a spider’s weight. The idea was that combining spider webs with graphene might allow the webs to be scaled up.

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Source: Geeks Are Sexy