Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in what can be described as a green materials breakthrough, have developed an eco-friendly synthetic spider silk that might just be the first step towards super-strong textiles and flexible sensors.
Unlike its predecessors, the silk does not require an energy-intensive manufacturing process or harmful solvents to produce. It is simply made at room temperature with a chemical composition that is 98 percent water. While not as strong as natural spider silk, the product is still stronger than human hair or silk fibres, and its ability to absorb strong impacts might lead to possible applications for cycling helmets and other sportswear.businessGreen
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