Researching ways to make stronger silk, MIT team makes connection to music
An article about the work of Professor Markus Buehler published in the April 29 issue of Civil Engineering describes his work making connections between the patterns in spider silk and music. Kevin Wilcox writes: “As a feat of engineering, the spider’s web is vastly underrated. Some species of spiders, using only simple proteins as building blocks, spin a thread of silk that is stronger than a comparable strand of steel. An interdisciplinary team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working to understand how a spider creates this exceptional strand has made surprising connections between music and materials that hold the potential to make concrete stronger, lighter, and less expensive.” Read the story.