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Spider silk for bullet proof materials

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Barakkus
#1 - 2011-09-08 20:03:47 UTC
http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/08/30/exp.nr.big.i.bulletproof.skin.cnn

Genetically engineering goats to produce spider silk to make bullet proof skins...ok...how much more weird can you get?

http://youtu.be/yytbDZrw1jc

baltec1
Bat Country
Pandemic Horde
#2 - 2011-09-08 20:17:35 UTC
Barakkus wrote:
http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/08/30/exp.nr.big.i.bulletproof.skin.cnn

Genetically engineering goats to produce spider silk to make bullet proof skins...ok...how much more weird can you get?



The UK was working on a cloaking stealth tank but stopped the project. While they could make it invisible to sight if it stopped moving they found that heat vision picked up the exhaust and people could hear the engine and see the track marksStraight
Barakkus
#3 - 2011-09-08 20:23:47 UTC
baltec1 wrote:
Barakkus wrote:
http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/08/30/exp.nr.big.i.bulletproof.skin.cnn

Genetically engineering goats to produce spider silk to make bullet proof skins...ok...how much more weird can you get?



The UK was working on a cloaking stealth tank but stopped the project. While they could make it invisible to sight if it stopped moving they found that heat vision picked up the exhaust and people could hear the engine and see the track marksStraight



They just needed this: http://youtu.be/gcKHBgZ_QKU

http://youtu.be/yytbDZrw1jc

NeoShocker
The Dark Space Initiative
Scary Wormhole People
#4 - 2011-09-10 02:42:55 UTC  |  Edited by: NeoShocker
Barakkus wrote:
http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/08/30/exp.nr.big.i.bulletproof.skin.cnn

Genetically engineering goats to produce spider silk to make bullet proof skins...ok...how much more weird can you get?


Barrakus bro. Apparently you need to visit Cracked.com more often. Old news tbh, but there was an article about some recently discovered spider's web (I think in amazon or madagascar, I forgot) that is 5x stronger than kevlar. Then some bug that have officer fit armor hardeners that you cannot crush, let along a stomping sumo wrestler.

Cracked.com is very informative these days. :) Especially relating to animals (which I have great interest into)

Let me find it, in the mean time, more forum whoring. :)

Edit: Found it. Its actually 10x stronger than kevlar. :O Linkie here

Other links for animal kingdom info:

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There are many, many other non-animal interesting articles there as well. Like greatest use of trash talk in the war here or how coffee gives you "super powers" here or maybe how untrained civilians take on armies here. These are just recent articles for this month that I enjoyed reading. :)
Blacksquirrel
Doomheim
#5 - 2011-09-10 19:16:04 UTC
Way way old news... years old actually. The problem with it is the elasticity...and getting enough of the proteins to synthesize it.

I think the show "The next big thing." had an entire show on materials engineering for stuff like that. Should be on netflix streaming actually.
Grimpak
Manufactorum.
#6 - 2011-09-10 19:26:06 UTC
it is already quite known for several years that spider silk is "the next best thing" for lightweight body protection, as long as they solve the production issues.


really that thing is quite amazing.

[img]http://eve-files.com/sig/grimpak[/img]

[quote]The more I know about humans, the more I love animals.[/quote] ain't that right

Bane Necran
Appono Astos
#7 - 2011-09-10 20:39:33 UTC
The new hotness is space glass.

If you make glass in the vacuum of space it's harder than steel, because it's the moisture in our air which makes it brittle.

"In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness." ~Miyamoto Musashi

NeoShocker
The Dark Space Initiative
Scary Wormhole People
#8 - 2011-09-10 21:33:01 UTC
Blacksquirrel wrote:
Way way old news... years old actually. The problem with it is the elasticity...and getting enough of the proteins to synthesize it.

I think the show "The next big thing." had an entire show on materials engineering for stuff like that. Should be on netflix streaming actually.


I am interested. Do you remember which episode is it?
Blacksquirrel
Doomheim
#9 - 2011-09-11 02:19:44 UTC
Cant remember just type this in

What's the Next Big Thing? Nova scienceNOW

Might be on the PBS website too. They stream a lot of their stuff.
Kala Starfury
art of eve
#10 - 2011-09-11 22:17:24 UTC
Did anyone remember Optic Camouflage? Kinda like Ghost in the Shell's Thermoptic Camouflage... except without the thermal camouflage of course...

http://www.star.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/projects/MEDIA/xv/oc.html