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December 3 2012

Spider Silk Inspires Beautiful Music

Musical compositions based on the structure of silk could help engineers make stronger threads.

A multi-disciplinary research team from Boston University, Tufts University and MIT turned to musical composition in an attempt to find a way of fine-tuning biomaterials systematically instead of relying on trial and error.

“It’s not sufficient to consider the properties of the protein molecules alone,” said Markus Buehler of MIT’s Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics. “Rather, [one must] think about how they can combine to form a well-connected network at a larger scale.”

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