A natural pyriform attachment disc, made by a Achaearanea tepidariorum spider
The adhesive fibers in one of the man-made attachment discs, holding down a nylon thread
In recent years we've seen a number of attempts at artificially replicating the strong-yet-light characteristics of spider silk. It turns out that the silk itself isn't the only thing that's inspiring scientists, however. Researchers from the University of Akron have recently created their own version of the "attachment discs" that spiders use to secure their silk fibers to surfaces, when building webs. These man-made discs could conceivably prove superior to conventional glues as a form of adhesive.
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