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Secrets of the Spider Web

Clip | 2m 25s

Take a forest hike with evolutionary biologist Todd Blackledge, who studies spiders and their webs at the University of Akron. Spiders have evolved to spin more than eight different silks, which can be remarkably strong, adhesive, or as stretchy as elastic. Blackledge reveals how the miraculous properties of spider silk are inspiring advances in medical technology and materials science.

Aired: 11/19/14

Rating: NR

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