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Stanford researcher sheds new light on the mysteries of spider silk
Date:2/6/2013

essentially a matrix of restrained fibers, stiffens with 100% humidity, thus supporting the tightening web hypothesis.

The research also lends credence to the theory that supercontraction helps the spider tailor the properties of the silk during spinning by pulling and restraining the silk threads and adjusting the water content.

"The possibility of adjusting mechanical properties by simply adjusting water content is inspirational from a bio-inspired mechanical structure perspective and could lead in interesting research directions as we try to invent new fibers," said Koski.


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Contact: Andrew Myers
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650-736-2245
Stanford School of Engineering
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