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  1. Feb 2, 2012 · The silk that spiders use to build their webs, trap their prey and dangle from your ceiling is one of the strongest materials known. But it turns out it’s not simply the material’s exceptional strength that makes spider webs so resilient; it’s the material’s unusual combination of strength and stretchiness — silk’s characteristic way of first softening and then stiffening when pulled.

  2. Jan 11, 2021 · Spider-Man's Web Strength, Explained By Science. By Kevin Phelan. Published Jan 11, 2021. Spider-Man has done some remarkable stuff with his webs in both comic books and on screen, and the scientific accuracy of it all may surprise you. Outside of his iconic red and blue suit, probably the most instantly recognizable and arguably most important aspect of Spider-Man 's crime fighting gear would be his web shooters.

    • Spiders have a design sense. Some webs are extremely intricate. Most people assume that the design is purely functional, but this is not always the case.
    • Spiderwebs don’t intercept prey; they attract them. The presence of deliberate structure dispels another common misperception about spiders, that they set up in a promising area of insect travel and wait to see what happens.
    • Spiderwebs are shiny for a reason. Many insects have better visual perception in UV wavelengths of light. Spiderwebs are much more reflective in UV light, possibly attracting insects.
    • Spiders are sneaky. Decorations come with a risk; while they might attract more insects, they are also more visible to predators who may threaten the spiders.
  3. Nov 4, 2020 · Pound for pound, spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar. But it doesn’t start out that way. The silk starts out in a liquid form called dope (literally, dope). But in...

  4. Sep 24, 2010 · The spider's wheel-shaped orb webs could range up to 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) in size, some of the largest in nature, and dangle over streams, rivers and small lakes up to 82 feet (25...

  5. Spider webs are very durable, this is tested in labs by applying different levels of forces to the strung webs to see how much they can handle before breaking. In the wild, webs have been known to catch small animals like bats and birds without breaking. One of the reasons that spider webs are designed so intricately is because it actually increases the durability of the web.

  6. Nov 20, 2018 · The new discovery builds on a finding the team made last year, which demonstrated how the brown recluse spider reinforces its main silk strands with a special looping technique (above). Equipped with a tiny sewing machine–like spinneret, the spider weaves about 20 microloops into every millimeter of silk it ejects, which strengthens their sticky spool and prevents it from collapsing.

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