Scientists Build a Better Web—by Adding Metal

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2009 7:42 AM CDT
Scientists Build a Better Web—by Adding Metal
The experiment raised the possibility of chemically bonding metal to other kinds of biological material.   (Flickr)

Scientists have combined spider silk with metal atoms to boost web strands' already-phenomenal strength, reports Ars Technica. The breakthrough experiment advances the science of creating ever-stronger materials, as well discovering a successful method to bond metal to biological material. Experiments are already under way to make chicken eggs stronger.
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