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Iowa State Engineer Discovers Spider Silk Conducts Heat As Well as Metals
March 5, 2012
Xinwei Wang, an Iowa State University associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a study that found spider silk is very good at transferring heat. Spider silk, in fact, conducts heat as well or better than most metals. The findings were recently published in the journal Advanced Materials. Now that Wang knows a lot about spiders and their webs, one colleague calls him Iowa State's Spiderman.
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