Scientist makes violin strings from spider silk

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    caffeinebuzz

    i wonder if they made this spider silk from genetically modified goats (they extract it from the milk), like they're doing in the states...Technology is getting pretty incredible!

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    SquidBert

    Technology is getting pretty incredible!

    I am usually not a technofob, but I would say scary.

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    6wings

    300 female Nephila maculata spiders had provided his raw materials

    I also saw a documentary about the "spider-goats" and wondered if he produced this silk via the same method but it looks like it was old-fashioned spider-spiders.

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    naruhodo1

    300 females to be exact.

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    zichi

    Spider silk is stronger than steel. Great idea to create music with it.

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    Dennis Bauer

    @Zichi and you can stick your violin on the wall :p

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    megosaa

    if i get one ima call it peter parker

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    SquidBert

    I bet the flies don't like the sound of this one bit. :)

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    Liberty Joe Lowe

    Thought he would use fiddleback spiders!

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    TSRnow

    "Its one thing to create scientifically meaningful items, but I also wanted to produce something that would be socially accepted by ordinary people," he said

    I am an ordinary person, but I don't think I can't accept the fact that this violin was made by 300 spiders (yuck) ....sorry I just can't stand them!

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    RowanM

    I could care less about tensile strength or other properties of the spider silk, or how that affects the timbre. Why have none of these articles about this had a clip where I could HEAR what the strings SOUND like on a violin? Isn't that the most important thing?

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    Elvensilvan

    (yuck) ....sorry I just can't stand them!

    So you would rather prefer sheep gut? I find that a bit more disturbing image. Also, from resource availability point of view, I would rather have 300 spiders' silk instead of seeing sheep killed.

    Well, as for the article, if the spider strings do produce a better sound quality (don't ask me, I can barely differentiate a cat-in-heat's shrieks and my mother-in-law's voice), the next question is production value and availability.

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    cactusJack

    The bow is made of horse hair. I wonder why he didn't fiddle with that as well.

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    TSRnow

    Elvensilvan, I don't know where you got the idea, but as cactusJack says, usually bows are made from horse hair or main or tail or whereever.

    Sorry, but I really can't stand creepy crawly things...

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    Fadamor

    Elvensilvan, I don't know where you got the idea, but as cactusJack says, usually bows are made from horse hair or main or tail or whereever.

    The bow uses horse hair from the tail, but THIS article is about the violin STRINGS, not the bow. Violins used to exclusively use "catgut" (actually sheep or goat intestine), but have since had synthetic or steel alternatives to choose from. Now there an additional option from the rear-end of 300 poor spiders.

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    TSRnow

    Oh, OK I get it now. Thank you Fadamor for the info. I always thought synthetic or steel was the only choice these days (I didn't know about the catgut), so I assumed we were talking about the bow.

    Sorry for not reading the article correctly.

    But anyways, people may go far to creat great music, but spiders? I hope it doesn't get too popular.

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