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Nature Materials volume 12, pages 185187 (2013) | Download Citation

The complete elastic response of a spider's orb web has been quantified by non-invasive light scattering, revealing important insights into the architecture, natural material use and mechanical properties of the web. This knowledge advances our understanding of the prey-catching process and the role of supercontraction therein.

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  1. Zhao Qin and Markus J. Buehler are in the Laboratory of Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA

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