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  • Fibers, spider silks
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The toughness of the major ampullate silk of spiders is shown to increase at low temperatures, unlike synthetic fibers. This temperature dependence of the mechanical properties of spider silk, together with other remarkable properties, demonstrates the potential usefulness of such a super-fiber in harsh environments. The Figure shows a single fiber of Nephila edulis spider silk fractured in liquid nitrogen.