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In the future, violins could be strung with spider silk [Materials Science]

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A Japanese researcher has brought the applications of spider silk to an entirely different register, using thousands upon thousands of strands of spider silk to create a set of violin strings. Most impressive of all, however, isn't that these strings are functional — it's that they actually sound incredible. More »
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Spider Silk Spun Into Violin Strings

Academics / General Science : Science & Health from Newser (3 years ago)

A Japanese researcher who specializes in spider silk has used 300 plucky golden orb web spiders to weave silk threads he could turn into violin strings, reports the BBC. Shigeyoshi Osaki used up to 5,000 silk threads to produce each... Read Post

Spider silk violin strings

Odd : Boing Boing (3 years ago)

The violin heard in this video was strung with violin strings made from spider silk. Does it sound different to you? Me neither, but I'm no violin connoisseur. From New Scientist: (Nara Medical University professor Shigeyoshi) Osaki... Read Post

Spinning Spider Silk Into Violin Strings...

Entertainment / Music : The Daily Swarm (3 years ago)

We’re kind of surprised this hasn’t been done before… from the BBC : A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings. The strings are said to have a “soft and profound timbre” relat... Read Post


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