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August 2016

Imaging a Spider Web with the SEM Imaging a Spider Web with the SEM
The challenge was to image the spider’s web without causing any induced stress or deformation of the structure as collected. The web was collected between two glass plates to protect the structure. The top glass plate was removed and the sample was transferred to an SEM holder that was configured as in the Photos. Top reference holder with cap removed. Top reference holder with carbon tape on the cap and with cap reinserted. Top reference holder ...
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Students Investigate Mechanical Properties of Spider Web Students Investigate Mechanical Properties of Spider Web
It isn't often that 8th graders inspire scientists with their class project. When a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a spider's web from the basement had an unusual pattern, they invited a small team of middle school students to investigate its mechanical properties. Their work caught the attention of the MIT researchers and also landed a talk at M&M 2016. With the poster at M&M 2016: 8th grader Nicholas ...
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