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Was one of the researchers Dr. P.Parker?
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Old 20 May 2010, 15:34   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting little tidbit I heard about today. Thereis an article about how they are now very close to figuring out how to produce artificial spider silk. They have made a prototype spinnerets, they think they know how to keep the silk in a liquid state in storage(a BIG problem) and now it's just fine-tuning the solution.

Stuff with four times the tensile strength of steel but light and flexable enough to weave into fabric for clothing. Going to be really increadable when they get it sorted out.
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Old 20 May 2010, 15:36   #2 (permalink)
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I'm thinking Bulletproof Bikinis. That and Bulletproof Underwear!
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Old 20 May 2010, 15:41   #3 (permalink)
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Old 20 May 2010, 15:47   #4 (permalink)
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Old 20 May 2010, 16:45   #5 (permalink)
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IIRC they had already been making spider silk in goat milk, for use.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/889951.stm


Dunno how far it had gone, thats an old article.
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Old 20 May 2010, 17:37   #6 (permalink)
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IIRC they had already been making spider silk in goat milk, for use.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/889951.stm


Dunno how far it had gone, thats an old article.
As far as I know, while it was attempted it never worked. Any attempt to make the protien, so far as I know, has resulted in you either having to make it as fast as you used it, or have it wind up forming clumps on it's own.
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Old 20 May 2010, 18:42   #7 (permalink)
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Spider silk is very strong, but its also very stretchy. Yeah, it won't break easily, but you won't stop a bullet with it, either. You'll just end up with a bullet and some spider silk stuck into you. I guess that may make it easier to get it out...
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Old 20 May 2010, 18:53   #8 (permalink)
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Is that true. Tensile strength is the ability for something to undergo tensile forces;

<----- ----->

Before breaking. What would be interesting to know is the bulk modulus of the material.

Of course in the case of a bullet impact, if the rate of deceleration of the bullet, due to the elastic potential energy stored in the stretch of the silk, is less than that of the resultant tensile strength, then it will act in a 'hard' manner and resist deformation.

This is the principle on how Kevlar and other plastic armours tend to work on.

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Old 22 May 2010, 15:47   #9 (permalink)
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It would ahve uses other than armour of course. Bridge cables for example made from the stuff would be much stronger.


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Is that true. Tensile strength is the ability for something to undergo tensile forces;

<----- ----->

Before breaking. What would be interesting to know is the bulk modulus of the material.

Of course in the case of a bullet impact, if the rate of deceleration of the bullet, due to the elastic potential energy stored in the stretch of the silk, is less than that of the resultant tensile strength, then it will act in a 'hard' manner and resist deformation.

This is the principle on how Kevlar and other plastic armours tend to work on.

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As far as I know, the stuff isn't all that stretchy Genmotty.
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That and Bulletproof Underwear!
Why am I suddenly reminded of Supertroopers? ;D
Oh, that little guy? I wouldn't worry about him. :P
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