Japanese startup Spiber is working on mass-producing artificial spider silk, an extremely strong, light and stretchable fiber that has so far been very hard to produce on a large scale (Photo: Spiber)
Spiber says it will manufacture ten tons of silk in 2015 (Photo: Spiber)
Spider silk is a truly remarkable material: it's tougher than Kevlar, strong as steel, lighter than carbon fiber, and can be stretched 40 percent beyond its original length without breaking. Now, Japanese startup Spiber says it has found a way to produce it synthetically and, over the next two years, will step up mass production to create anything from surgical materials to auto parts and bulletproof vests.
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