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The wonders of science – and the spider web

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A recent science report came up with some news about the evolution of the spiders web. This is not a topic of active debate where I live but it did prompt a google search on spider webs which are quite remarkable structures in all sorts of ways.

This is a small collection of big pictures and this is a gallery of hundreds of photos.

This is a piece on the engineering construction side of the operation and this gets into the biomechanics of webs, along with hagfish slime, fish skin and jellyfish swimming for those with special interests in these matters.

And this shows what happens when spiders yield to temptation and peer pressure and do not follow the “Just Say No” approach to recreational drugs. Not a pretty sight.

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Written by Admin

June 23, 2006 at 9:40 am

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