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 Spider Web Silk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16809642

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Cassidy Mozak



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PostSubject: Spider Web Silk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16809642   Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:15 pm

I found this article quite interesting. Knowing what they know now, scientists may be comfortable enough to use spider web silk in the real world in small structures, as it behaves differently than engineered structures in the way that if one portion of the structure becomes unstable the entire structure will not become defective. Better yet, learning the physics behind the extreme strength, and other properties, of the silk that spiders make to spin their webs really makes a person believe that with enough research, humans may be able to replicate the material, and even enhance its natural properties, in order to apply the material to structures in the real world with more assurance that it will endure the harsh conditions it may be exposed to. With continued research and discoveries such as these, one day a structure that is truly indestructable may be a reality.
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Belinda Ongaro



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PostSubject: Spider silk's flexibility makes webs super-strong   Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:52 pm

I read this article as well, and had also considered the applications of this fascinating property. I am very curious about the effectiveness of this characteristic on a larger scale. If replication is successful I would be very interested in seeing how scientists could improve on it so to ensure that the beneficial properties are capitalized on while those which could be considered detrimental are corrected. With experimentation and research the possibilities could be endless in all fields of science. I followed a link below this article to one called "GM silk worms make Spider-Man web closer to reality", where the means of obtaining this desirable strong spider-silk more economically, is through genetically modified silk-worms. A few possible applications of spider-silk are discussed including greener plastics, and more durable replacement ligaments, sutures (used to join body tissues together after an injury), and implants, for use in the medical sector.
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Cassidy Mozak



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PostSubject: Re: Spider Web Silk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16809642   Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:30 pm

Its good to see that they are already investing time and funds into further research of this silk through the genetically modified silk worms. It sounds like the silk could truly be of great use to our society. Very interesting reply.
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Alexandra Livingstone



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PostSubject: Re: Spider Web Silk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16809642   Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:04 am

After reading this article, I have to wonder how that will affect the economy. The industry that creates th e metals that will be replaced creates millions of job. And with the new spider Web technology, I think many of those jobs will be lost. Miners will be out of work, then the people that refine the metal and shape it will be out of jobs. However, i'm aware that jobs will also be created with this new discovery. But you really have to wonder if it would cover the same amount of jobs. I don't think it would because then the material would still be as costly as any metal needed to pay for all the workers. And many companies might not wanna take the risk of using this new discovery. And if no one uses it, it just may stop being refined all together.
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Ashley Bacchus



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PostSubject: Re: Spider Web Silk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16809642   Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:55 pm

This is a very innovative way to create more durable materials. I think this spider silk could be very useful in certain products. And I agree that if scientists can create a material that has similar properties it would be very beneficial to us. Itís also really interesting to see that the comic book idea of a spider man web could become a reality.

If we use this silk to replace metals in cars and buildings and stuff, yes it could affect the mining industry but with all the mining that weíre doing now, those resources will eventually start to dwindle, so we have to find other resources to replace them. The silk wonít be able to replace all metals obviously but I think that itís a good replacement for some and it would also be much more environmentally friendly. We arenít at the point where we can use the silk on such a large scale but with more research it could be possible.
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