Spider's silk is incredibly durable and insanely strong, but it's difficult to harvest because, you know, spiders. A German company is using E. coli to mass produce it, and it's been selling the product to shampoo companies.
Doctors are experimenting with using screws and plated made from silk to hold together fractured bones during healing.
Who would have guessed that something as fine as silk could be so sturdy? That's what a team of scientists are learning as they've proven that silk, reduced down to a thin film wrapped around antibiotics and vaccines can help extend their shelf life. It's a development that could be critical to bringing key medicines to the Third World.
Most of us leave 5th grade knowing copper is a good conductor of heat, but not many of us leave knowing that spider silk is. In fact, none of us do, until now. But, as it turns out, spider's silk is a better conductor of heat than copper.