The ultimate spin doctors

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“Spiders are essential for biodiversity and we are only starting to understand how they could help advance science and medicine” “If spiders disappeared, we would face famine.  All of our crops would be consumed by insects.” See The Guardian

Spider technology

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Professor Fritz Vollrath has studied how spiders build their webs.  “The strange thing to me,” he says, “was always the question of why scientists were not more interested in them.  I mean, here is a creature which, according to its size, … Continued

Spider silk spun into violin strings

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Yes really!  A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.  The strings are said to have a “soft and profound timbre” relative to traditional gut or steel strings. BBC