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Webs measure up

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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Figure 1: A schematic diagram of a Nephila clavipes spider web model and its experimental investigation using Brillouin light scattering.
Figure 2: The deformation of a spider web under gravity loading as a result of water droplets in morning dew.


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Qin, Z., Buehler, M. Webs measure up. Nature Mater 12, 185–187 (2013).

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