spider silk

U.S. Army Testing Body Armor Made With Genetically Engineered Silk

Photo by Sony Pictures “Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could hold a very…

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The North Face Makes Parka From Synthetic Spider Silk

Five times stronger than steel, three times tougher than nylon or Kevlar, yet a fraction of the width of human hair, spider silk is one of the planet’s most valuable, if tricky to…

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World's Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Goes on Display

Before anyone asks, no, it’s not bulletproof. But that doesn’t mean that the glistening yellow cape—the world’s largest garment made entirely from spider…

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Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk

Transgenic spider-goat hybrids may sound like the premise of a made-for-SyFy movie, but it’s a concept that’s very much grounded in reality, with plenty of real-world…

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Art Historian Creates World's Largest Shawl Made From Golden Spider Silk

Photo by R. Mickens/American Museum of Natural History Along came a spider—well, 1 million spiders, to be exact. Using silk extracted from more than a million golden orb spiders,…

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