New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Water

New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Water | Innovation | Smithsonian

“The lab-made fibers are created from a material called a hydrogel, which is 98 percent water and 2 percent silica and cellulose, the latter two held together by cucurbiturils, molecules that serve as “handcuffs.” The silica and cellulose fibers can be pulled from the hydrogel. After 30 seconds or so, the water evaporates, leaving behind only the strong, stretchy thread. “

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