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Spiders for spiders

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 01:31:53 -0700
To: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Message-id: <BAB7D570.D12%ewexler@stickdog.com>

Graham Klyne copied an article to <mailto:www-talk@w3.org> on 7 April 2003
in "Is this the future Web?"

> A team of engineers at the University of California at Riverside are using
> spider silk to make finer optical fibers that could be used to carry light
> in nanoscale optical circuits.
> The silk they 
> use is from the giant orb-weaving spider of Madagascar, Nephila
> madagascariensis. The engineers are planning to apply the process to the
> thinnest known spider silk, which is produced by Stegodyphus pacificus

I can see it now: millions of spiders living on spider ranches, their webs
harvested each day. The fly-rearing industry is sure to appreciate this
development. What would the ranch workers be called? Spiderkeepers?

Gosh, I'd better reserve Spider-Ranch.com.

Etan Wexler <mailto:ewexler@stickdog.com>
Received on Tuesday, 8 April 2003 04:34:16 UTC

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