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January 7, 2013


spider silk holding down a plant

What Is Spider Silk?

What's five times as strong as steel, twice as tough as Kevlar, and can be stretched over thirty percent in length without breaking?

October 25, 2010


A spider web wrapped around a pink flower

Spiders Send Ultraviolet Signals to Insects

Spiders have been found to decorate their webs with special ultraviolet-reflecting silk in flower-like patterns.

October 14, 2010


cobweb outside

Where Do Cobwebs Come From?

You've probably seen cobwebs around your home and wondered where they come from...

March 27, 2009


Robber fly on leaf

Flies That Eat Spiders

When many spiders capture a fly, they don't eat it right away. Instead, they poison the fly and wrap it in silk.

February 16, 2004


Silkworms and Skin Grafts

Learn about animal genetic modification and the benefits it provides for humans on this Moment of Science.

January 6, 2004



What is the strongest natural fiber in the world? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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