A Japanese researcher has spun thousands of strands of spider silk into a set of violin strings, which apparently have a “soft and profound timbre.” They were stronger than aluminium-coated, nylon-core strings. This is probably accuse of the way that the individual strands fit so snugly together.

More facts on spiders – spiders have brains in their legs, and genetically engineered silkworms can spin spider silk.

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