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Science Cafe: The Fantastic World of Spider Silk

Posted Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Science Cafe: The Fantastic World of Spider Silk Spider webs have the same chemical building blocks as human hair, but can your hair stop a passenger jet in mid-flight? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll learn about spider webs that are stronger than steel. Imagine the applications if researchers learn to mimic spider silk: Lightweight clothing so tough it could stop bullets, indestructible currency, fenders that pop back into shape after a crash. Even synthetic muscles that can lift tons, just like Spiderman. Join us, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

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Environment, Miscellaneous, Technology

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Todd A. Blackledge, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Akron
Sam Evans, M.S. candidate, University of Akron

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