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Belinda Ongaro

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Registration date : 2012-02-02

PostSubject: Spider silk spun into violin strings   Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:33 pm

This is an interesting continuation of the article discussed on the February discussion board. As students, we foresaw spider silk's potential for use in a number of fields, but recently, a Japanese researcher, Shigeyoshi Osaki, has applied the properties of spider silk in an area we had not considered, MUSIC. Osaki has been studying the properties of spider silk for years, particularly the "dragline" silk from which spiders dangle. His work thus far has allowed him to perfect efficient means of collecting large quantities of spider silk from captive-bred spiders, and he now has redirected his focus towards practical applications of the miraculous material. A closer study using an electron microscope has revealed the structure of Osaki's complex violin strings; round but fragmented in such a way that no space exists between the strands; lending to their impressive tensile strength. More interesting, however, is the unique sound they produce which has been described as a "soft and profound timbre" (an audio sample can be found by following the link to the article). The potential uses of spider silk are truly endless and I am eager to see how and where its fantastic properties are applied in the future.
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Cassidy Mozak

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Registration date : 2012-02-03

PostSubject: Re: Spider silk spun into violin strings   Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:46 pm

This application of spider web silk is certainly fascinating! Osaki's idea to utilize the silk in this way could lead to the modification of other string instruments and really improve the quality of sound that is produced when the instrument is played. This type of application could truly advance the music industry and play a large role in its evolvement, which is exciting for musicians and music lovers everywhere! Thinking about the kind of effect this application could potentially have on the music industry makes me curious if other unthought of applications of the spider silk material could lead to more unexpected advancements in different idustries. I think they could and I am interested in seeing the kinds of results further research and application of the material will produce.
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