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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:07 AM

Video: Spiders Spin Electric Web

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"Spiders are amazing architects of silk, and now they can add a new skill to their resumes: electrical engineering. The garden cross spider, Araneus diadematus, tailors a web containing carefully crafted patterns of water and silk that efficiently conducts electricity. The web threads are made of silk laced with special silk “droplets” swollen with water and a special chemical cocktail that functions as a highly adhesive and water-attractant glue—a sticky trap that also works as a water magnet, sucking humidity from all around."

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