Hagfish slime has the tensile strength - and lightness of spider silk

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Hagfish slime has the tensile strength - and lightness of spider silk

Post by Dreamweaver » 24 Sep 2018, 20:24

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Hagfish slime is a gelatinous, protein-based substance secreted by hagfish in response to a threat. This gooey material has a surprising number of uses, and its unique properties may influence the future design of everything from clothing to missile defense.
https://www.thoughtco.com/hagfish-slime-4164617


Hagfish slime has the tensile strength - the amount of stress it can withstand before breaking - and lightness of spider silk, and is five times stronger than steel. It's made up of threads that are just 12-nanometres-wide, but stretch to a length of 15 centimetres, and a team of scientists from the University of Guelph in Canada have figured out how these super-long and thin threads don't get tangled up inside the slime glands of the hagfish. It turns out they're wrapped up so tightly, they can fit inside a SINGLE CELL.
https://www.sciencealert.com/news/20142309-26218.html
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Re: Hagfish slime has the tensile strength - and lightness of spider silk

Post by kfchugo » 25 Sep 2018, 11:49

Just what the world needs....... supersnot.

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Re: Hagfish slime has the tensile strength - and lightness of spider silk

Post by Tedwalker » 26 Sep 2018, 08:26

Bit too slimy for me.
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