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Scientists unravel mysteries of spider silk to create bulletproof vests, artificial tendons

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | January 28, 2013

Scientists unravel mysteries of spider silk to create bulletproof vests, artificial tendons

Scientists unravel the mysteries of spider silk.

Scientists from Arizona State University have unraveled the mysteries of spider silk using a laser light scattering technique.

“Spider silk has a unique combination of mechanical strength and elasticity that make it one of the toughest materials we know,” said lead researcher Jeffery Yarger of Arizona State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in a statement. “This work represents the most complete understanding we have of the underlying mechanical properties of spider silks.”

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