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How spiders hunt heavy prey: the tangle web as a pulley and spider's lifting mechanics observed and quantified in the laboratory.
The spiders of Theridiidae's family display a peculiar behaviour when they hunt extremely large prey. They lift the quarry, making it unable to escape, by attaching pre-tensioned silk threads to it. In this work, we analysed ...
Postnatal mechanical loading drives adaptation of tissues primarily through modulation of the non-collagenous matrix.
Mature connective tissues demonstrate highly specialised properties, remarkably adapted to meet their functional requirements. Tissue adaptation to environmental cues can occur throughout life and poor adaptation commonly ...
Doubling the Mechanical Properties of Spider Silk by C(60)Supersonic Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Spider silk is one of the most fascinating natural materials, owing to its outstanding mechanical properties. In fact, it is able to combine usually self-excluding properties, like strength and toughness that synthetic ...
Properties of Biomimetic Artificial Spider Silk Fibers Tuned by PostSpin Bath Incubation
Efficient production of artificial spider silk fibers with properties that match its natural counterpart has still not been achieved. Recently, a biomimetic process for spinning recombinant spider silk proteins (spidroins) ...
Enhancement of the Biological and Mechanical Performances of Sintered Hydroxyapatite by Multiple Ions Doping
In the present work, hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles doped with Mg2+, Sr2+, and Zn2+ ions are developed by wet neutralization method and then sintered at 1,250°C to obtain bulk consolidated materials. Physicochemical and ...