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My mum sent me this article from the New York Times about silk made from spiders’ webs.

11 feet of cloth made from Golden Orb Spider silk. Photo: Fred R. Conrad, new York Times

11 feet of cloth made from Golden Orb Spider silk. Photo: Fred R. Conrad, New York Times

What I like, apart from the fact that it makes my current project seem a little less foolhardy and tedious, is that they were so careful about looking after the spiders:

“…[t]hey set up a system in which the spiders being used were released daily, and detailed spreadsheets were kept to chart the number of spiders used, their yield and the casualty rate.”

I can’t say that I’m going to take away all the conkers and start weaving silk, but I might think about them a little differently now!

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