Silkworms get Spiderman-like strength: Insects fed with graphene produce strong fibres that conduct electricity
Legend puts the discovery of silk down to an empress thousands of years ago, who unravelled the fine threads after the cocoon of a silkworm fell in her tea.
But the luxury thread, prized for its strength, light weight and versatility, has now been given new properties, thanks to the work of Chinese scientists.
By feeding silkworms carbon nanotubes and graphene, researchers enabled the insects to spin ‘super silk’ – far tougher, more durable and conductive than normal threads – opening up new possibilities for fabrics, medical implants and more.
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