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Tyberius
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I have no idea if this has been posted prior. Has anyone heard of these or had any real life exposure to them before?

 

(Violin strings from Spider Silk)

 

http://bcove.me/7eq5n8rm

 

http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....rings.html

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There was a posting about them awhile ago but I don't know of anyone who has tried them.

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Kinda strange sounding. BTW, is that guy playing a small violin?

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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I don't rightly know if its a full sized instrument or not. I read allot of articles about them as the news bit I originally found is 9 months old. They are getting better at twisting and fabricating them and soon they hope to be able to mass produce them. What that means is your guess as well as mine.

 

 

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It means buy stock in spider ranches. :)

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Maybe there's future employment opportunities in spider milking. I can see it now, The SMU (Spider Milker's Union) Local 001, Started here on FM.com

 

Gives a new meaning to the forum threads. roflol

 

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I'll have to collect up all the spider webs in the barn and sell them.

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I think I mentioned something in the original post on spider string's about their wage's and were they going to be union.

It kinda looks like a 3/4 size violin, but look's are deceiving. Got to be expensive though.

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In a near distant future.....

         guy: Hey, do you sell violin strings here?

         store clerk: yup, we only have the Dipluridae and the Titanoecidae.

         guy: darn! i want the Holarchaeidae! facepalm

 

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The goats with spider genes and silk in their milk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie.....t-16554357

If I recall correctly, already 10 or 15 years ago they were genetically engineering goats to produce spider silk in their milk.

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So that is why the cheeses made from goat milk taste funny these days.  Ah well, more fibre in the diet, I guess.

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Are these even available commercially yet? Is there any practical reason to use them? I would like to at least try it.

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I'm not a betting man, but, I gotta bet these string's will reach upward's in the $200.00 range for a set. (in the beginning)

I'm sure they'll be silk core wound with steel and will the E string still be made of steel and not silk.

Do they catch the spider spinning before it begin's the traditional web, or will they train the spider to leap off tall building's and gather straight silk.

My X-inlaw's live in Punta Gorda, FL and I've seen huge web's spun over night, so, one spider can produce a lot of silk in a short period of time.

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Now I know why I have so many spider webs in the goat barn.

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It is evacuated like silk diarrhea into puddles and extruded into long lengths. Like chocolate being "smooth as silk" , only different. droolingsurprised

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