Researchers study strength, flexibility of spider webs

01/28/2013 | United Press International

The simultaneous strength and flexibility of a spider's silk makes it one of the strongest materials known to mankind, researchers say. Scientists used a laser light scattering technique to study spider silk, which is a biological polymer similar to collagen in skin. In time, researchers hope to harness the characteristics of the silk for use in objects such as bulletproof vests and artificial tendons.

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