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    Well I've had one of my questions answered before I posted it. I found an egg sack in my garden and I was wondering what made it. NOW I know. And in fact, I found 2 more yesterday that were not there the last time I was weeding in my garden so there are 3 egg cases out there.

    I have some really good photos of it which I will try post because the construction of it is fascinating.

    I also read somewhere that a spider's web is one of the strongest materials on earth...stronger than steel and other metals (relatively speaking).
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PlantAKiss @ Oct. 10 2005,11:45)]I also read somewhere that a spider's web is one of the strongest materials on earth...stronger than steel and other metals (relatively speaking).
    You're quite right Suzanne. It has been found that the silk produced from the giant Golden Silk Spiders, genus: Nephila, is 5 times stronger than bullet proof kevlar and is now being synthesized in laboratories as a potential material for replacing it. Statstics show that if the silk strands from these spiders was as thick as a pencil the web could stop a jet airplane in mid flight. Now THAT is strong.

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    one thing to keep in mind though, while it may be stronger than steel it is many many times more elastic and gets alot of its strength from being able to stretch out and absorb an impact. i doubt it on its own will replace kevlar because of this, however if it was interwoven with the less elastic kevlar it should increase its effectiveness several times over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rattler_mt @ Oct. 10 2005,12:14)]one thing to keep in mind though, while it may be stronger than steel it is many many times more elastic and gets alot of its strength from being able to stretch out and absorb an impact. i doubt it on its own will replace kevlar because of this, however if it was interwoven with the less elastic kevlar it should increase its effectiveness several times over.
    Very true. The elasticity of the web comes from the distance between which the strands are woven, thus creating the stretch ability. The studies have shown that if synthesized web is woven into a tight network fiber...much like natural silk moth silk is created into clothing, the action created is more like a trampoline and high/fast impact objects are simply propelled away. I'm not completely sure, but I think kevlar absorbs impacted objects rather than propelling them away. Is this true?

    Anyhow the theory is fascinating.

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    i believe your right. the question is though how much of a trampoline effect to you want on your body? more than an inch or two could cause serious damage even without it actually penetrating. i think they are going to have to do a blend of the two to get the best results. you are right though. the theory is quite facinating.
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    the real limitations is that old spiderweb losses its elasticity, so the synthetic must not? does anyone know if the synthetic as the smae limitations a sthe natural one?
    that makes no logic

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    My guess would be that these obstacles are being or have already been worked out. The US government is funding the research for this material so I think it's safe to say that the product would be far superior to the 'real' thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (philcula @ Oct. 10 2005,3:01)]My guess would be that these obstacles are being or have already been worked out. The US government is funding the research for this material so I think it's safe to say that the product would be far superior to the 'real' thing.
    lol are you sure about this statement [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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