Close up macro shot of a European garden spider (cross spider, Araneus diadematus) sitting in a spider web

Spiders

Scientists reveal how spiders make their silk

We're one step closer to cracking an engineering enigma.

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Scientists are one step closer to recreating spider silk — one of nature's most powerful engineering tools.

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Spider webs are made up of proteins called spidrons about 0.003 millimeters thick — 20 times thinner than a strand of human hair.

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