Could spiders provide inspiration for the creation of new polymers? Researchers are studying Uloborus spiders to understand their unique webs, and it’s possible that their electrically charged silk could help advance science.

As the spider pulls silk from its silk glands, the stretching of the silk causes it to be extremely strong. After the silk is spun, the spider stretches it over a special comb-like structure on its back legs. This gives the fibers an electrostatic charge, which attracts prey to the web.

It’s possible that studying these natural electrostatic fibers could give researchers new insight into the creation of synthetic fibers and polymers. Pretty cool- read more about it here.

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