The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You'll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man.
Some spider silks are really strong, but not all of them are. The ones that are really strong can actually rival steel and approach the tensile strength of Kevlar. Thus far, the dragline silk seems to be the strongest.
For me, each day begins and ends with wanting to learn a little more about the secrets of spider silk.
It's like the spiders are sharing an ancient secret with me, and that's why I'm going to spend the rest of my life studying spider silk.
Cheryl and spiders: It kind of just goes together now.