Electricity Travels Through Spider Web

Alessia Andreotti
September 18th 2013

In future electric cables could be made ??of spider webs. 100% natural electric cables, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s possible! Researcher at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory of Tallahassee, Florida, found out that spider silk becomes a robust and flexible electricity conductor if coated with carbon nanotubes.

The study, published on journal Nature Communications, describe the first application of this technology inside some devices, for instance a heart pulse detector and an actuator. The achievement of these experiments opens the way to different uses in the electronics field. Technology follows, nature leads…and Spider Man could have been useful!

Back in time we already designed a Nano Supermarket product made of spider silk, can you remember it?

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