Spider silk

Ok this one is a little outside of my usual gadgets with batteries stuff, but its so interesting and messed up that I could not help but pass it on.


Spider silk is one of the strongest substances on the planet, tougher than Kevlar, incredibly lightweight and sought after by many branches of the armed forces. The only problem — good luck domesticating spiders to produce it.

But what if we could get silkworms to produce spider silk?

Enter the silkworm. We (the humans) are messing with their genes and ‘forcing’ them to make spider silk during their lives.
At the moment they are about 5%, we need 12-15% to make it really worth while.

Point is, we are messing with stuff thats just a little bit unsettling.