David Pogue on Spider Silk's Strength Follow-Up

January 20, 2011

Tags: silk, Pogue, Lewis

Here's an excerpt of David Pogue's Making Stuff: Stronger episode, taken from the PBS News Hour:



Later in the episode, Randy Lewis gives a nifty explanation of dragline silk protein's strength using Legos, springs, and zippers. If you want to learn more about how such an extraordinary material has evolved, read Chapter 6 in Spider Silk. And if you get a chance to catch the whole episode in future, it's well worth your time.

David Pogue on Spider Silk's Strength

January 18, 2011

Tags: silk, Pogue, Lewis

CBS News has a preview of David Pogue's spider silk segment on his new Nova: Making Stuff series on PBS. This should be fun. I'm interested to see whether Randy Lewis or any other spider silk experts get a chance to explain why copying spiders' ability to make silk in the quantities we desire is so difficult.




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"...a compelling introduction to evolution in action through the lens of spiders and their silks."

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