Synthetic spider web may be super strong material of the future

Talk of wonder materials and super metals almost always accompanies any discussion of a technologically advanced future, but we still have yet to benefit from the visions offered by such predictions. A Japanese research group has just come up with what it believes is a next generation super material that could change the way we make nearly everthing. 

Western Japan-based Spiber has unveiled a kind of synthetic spider web material it calls Qmonos, named after the Japanese word for spider web (kumonosu). According to the company, the material has the tensile strength of steel while maintaining the flexibility of rubber. Although it will take another two years to bring the material into mass production, the company claims Qmonos will be able to be used for everything from clothing, medical materials, cars parts, bullet proof vests, and even space suits. 

The secret of Qmonos is the company's unique approach, which involves recombinant silk proteins. Testing has shown that the material can be stretched up to 40 percent past its original length, a feature that could indeed make this the futuristic material we've all been waiting for. You can see the company's promotional spot touting the qualities of Qmonos in the video below.


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