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(BBC)   Spider-worm, Spider-worm, modified by a science firm. Spins a web, super-strong. Can be farmed, all year long. Watch out, here comes the Spider-worm   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Cool, arachnids, industrial application, transplanting, Southampton University, pnas, Spider-Man  
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2012-01-04 10:13:59 AM  
Bravo, submitter!
If I had submitted this, it'd have been with a less funny headline.

/Your newsletter. Give it to me.
 
2012-01-04 10:14:04 AM  
Oh good, a spider thread. Shudders, runs away.
 
2012-01-04 10:14:17 AM  
I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced arachi-worm overlords.
 
2012-01-04 10:14:34 AM  
 
2012-01-04 10:15:04 AM  
Oblig (new window)
 
2012-01-04 10:16:41 AM  
i292.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-04 10:16:59 AM  
Well done subby. Time you out yourself for that one.
 
2012-01-04 10:17:05 AM  
www.play-board-games.com
 
2012-01-04 10:17:07 AM  
moviecapper.com
A WORM FARM did ya say?
 
2012-01-04 10:17:35 AM  
He needs an arch nemesis, I suggest Doctor Worm.

He wouldn't be real doctor, but he WOULD be a real worm, an actual worm. He'd live like a worm.
....he'd be interested in things, perhaps he'd play the drums.
 
2012-01-04 10:18:14 AM  
Spider-Man's webbing is something that researchers have been trying to reproduce for decades

Um...what?
 
2012-01-04 10:18:49 AM  
They call him Dr. Worm-Spider and we MUST STOP him.
 
2012-01-04 10:22:14 AM  

braedan: He needs an arch nemesis, I suggest Doctor Worm.

He wouldn't be real doctor, but he WOULD be a real worm, an actual worm. He'd live like a worm.
....he'd be interested in things, perhaps he'd play the drums.


I don't think Doctor Worm would make a good villian, I mean, he can handle criticism, but can't hear the doorbell.

Now Rabbi Vole would be a good villian.
 
2012-01-04 10:25:42 AM  
farm2.static.flickr.com

/First thing I thought of
 
2012-01-04 10:26:09 AM  

Tendancy to over-dew it: I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced arachi-worm overlords.


Came here to offer my fearful groveling first.

/ We will fight now, for the amusement of the exalted arachni-worm Masters.
 
2012-01-04 10:30:16 AM  
Oh you mean like silk?
 
2012-01-04 10:34:40 AM  
It still can't beat Triangle Man.
 
2012-01-04 10:35:22 AM  
funtarded.com

/first thing I thought of.
//GM life. Just say "No".
 
2012-01-04 10:36:46 AM  

Teen Wolf Blitzer: Spider-Man's webbing is something that researchers have been trying to reproduce for decades

Um...what?


I believe that spider web is stronger than steel in tensile loading and much lighter, a way to effectively scale up the production would be pretty useful.
 
2012-01-04 10:38:53 AM  
They put it in a pram

images.wikia.com
 
2012-01-04 10:39:11 AM  

braedan: He needs an arch nemesis, I suggest Doctor Worm.

He wouldn't be real doctor, but he WOULD be a real worm, an actual worm. He'd live like a worm.
....he'd be interested in things, perhaps he'd play the drums.


i51.tinypic.com
 
2012-01-04 10:39:44 AM  

Lesbian Trapped in a Mans Body: Oh good, a spider thread. Shudders, runs away.


www.poerk.com
 
2012-01-04 10:40:08 AM  
And by "worm," they mean "caterpillar."

/silk comes from moth cocoons.
//tmyk
 
2012-01-04 10:41:43 AM  

Make More Hinjews: Tendancy to over-dew it: I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced arachi-worm overlords.

Came here to offer my fearful groveling first.

/ We will fight now, for the amusement of the exalted arachni-worm Masters.


You've already won. I forgot the "n" in "arachni". Our new masters won't be pleased.
 
2012-01-04 10:42:04 AM  

Egoy3k: Teen Wolf Blitzer: Spider-Man's webbing is something that researchers have been trying to reproduce for decades

Um...what?

I believe that spider web is stronger than steel in tensile loading and much lighter, a way to effectively scale up the production would be pretty useful.


Well, yeah. A spider's web. Not a fictional comic-book character's web.
 
2012-01-04 10:46:32 AM  
img545.imageshack.us
 
2012-01-04 10:49:11 AM  
images4.fanpop.com
 
2012-01-04 10:59:20 AM  

Tendancy to over-dew it: Make More Hinjews: Tendancy to over-dew it: I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced arachi-worm overlords.

Came here to offer my fearful groveling first.

/ We will fight now, for the amusement of the exalted arachni-worm Masters.

You've already won. I forgot the "n" in "arachni". Our new masters won't be pleased.


Well, as a consolation prize, you got a "funny" tag and a new green tint on my monitor.

/ I hope your disemboweling is painless!
 
2012-01-04 11:01:20 AM  
Answer: "It's hard to see how a silkworm producing spider silk would have any advantage in nature," he said.

Question: What's on all of our tombstones after the silkworms have taken over.
 
2012-01-04 11:03:14 AM  

Make More Hinjews: Tendancy to over-dew it: Make More Hinjews: Tendancy to over-dew it: I, for one, welcome our new genetically enhanced arachi-worm overlords.

Came here to offer my fearful groveling first.

/ We will fight now, for the amusement of the exalted arachni-worm Masters.

You've already won. I forgot the "n" in "arachni". Our new masters won't be pleased.

Well, as a consolation prize, you got a "funny" tag and a new green tint on my monitor.

/ I hope your disemboweling is painless!


Careful buddy! You know what can happen to sympathizers.
 
2012-01-04 11:07:43 AM  
img651.imageshack.us
 
2012-01-04 11:15:14 AM  

Teen Wolf Blitzer: Well, yeah. A spider's web. Not a fictional comic-book character's web.


You expect lucidity from science journalism? I just assume that most science writers have suffered head trauma and then attempt to decipher what the actual story is about on my own.

/actually meant to imply that in my Boobies
//applying to become a science writer right now
 
2012-01-04 11:16:17 AM  
FTFA: But it is unfeasible to "farm" spiders for the commercial production of their silk because the arachnids don't produce enough of it - coupled with their proclivity for eating each other.

They're hardcore.
 
2012-01-04 11:20:39 AM  
Well done Subby...you magnificent bastard!
 
2012-01-04 11:33:39 AM  
Don't these scientists ever see the movies?
 
2012-01-04 11:41:04 AM  

dawnofdaycare: Don't these scientists ever see the movies?


No as they are too busy making GM spiders! What will GM get into next? I hope they are more reliable than their cars.
 
2012-01-04 11:42:28 AM  

dawnofdaycare: Don't these scientists ever see the movies?


No as they are too busy making GM spiders worms! What will GM get into next? I hope they are more reliable than their cars.

Too early for this..... FTFM
 
2012-01-04 12:01:55 PM  
Through the soil he did crawl...
 
2012-01-04 12:42:56 PM  
Tack on one more for the "kudos to Subby" crowd
 
2012-01-04 12:45:08 PM  
www.someworthwhilequotes.com
 
2012-01-04 12:50:02 PM  

Jello Fever: It still can't beat Triangle Man.


Wait for the Blue Snake ...
 
2012-01-04 01:31:55 PM  
I really don't like swarms of things.
 
2012-01-04 01:55:39 PM  
HOTY!

/Bravo subby.
 
2012-01-04 02:30:54 PM  

Egoy3k: I believe that spider web is stronger than steel in tensile loading and much lighter, a way to effectively scale up the production would be pretty useful.


I remember reading the same thing, but I don't remember where. So yeah, the hope is that it can be scaled up and mass-produced. I also recall reading that clothes made from it could potentially be bullet/knife resistant while remaining light and flexible. Not bullet- or knife-proof, but a regular t-shirt would still be the equivalent of a couple of layers of Kevlar cloth. I could see some serious gov't funding because of the military and law enforcement possibilities. :)
 
2012-01-04 03:46:43 PM  
Wow, HOTY material already!
 
2012-01-04 05:09:56 PM  
It's earworm pain, but damn good earworm pain, subby.

+1
 
2012-01-04 07:53:27 PM  
I see subby has wormed his way into everyone's heart here already....

/ducks
 
2012-01-04 08:32:06 PM  
There's a certain Subby who is damn good with headlines. Good job you farking genius :)
 
2012-01-04 10:16:45 PM  
Still no cure for arachnophobia.
 
2012-01-04 10:41:51 PM  
Finally, spider silk bullet proof vests. Imagine A T-shirt that was as strong as Kevlar.
 
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