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(New Scientist)   Stop the screaming for a second and thank your friendly little spiders. Using their silk as a frame for lenses made of resin that are the size of a blood cell. Useful for looking at a virus or other tiny objects   (newscientist.com) divider line
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2020-07-05 3:27:45 PM  
During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.
 
2020-07-05 4:16:58 PM  
Let me look at you with the lenses of my people

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2020-07-05 5:26:58 PM  
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2020-07-05 5:49:48 PM  
 
2020-07-05 6:44:59 PM  

Dr.Fey: Just walk through the spider webs.

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That was interesting, thanks.
 
2020-07-05 6:46:48 PM  

TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.


It's hard to wrap my mind around what kind of brain it takes to even consider looking for uses of, well, everything.
 
2020-07-05 7:10:07 PM  

lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

It's hard to wrap my mind around what kind of brain it takes to even consider looking for uses of, well, everything.


I like repurposing bicycle parts just because I have so many of them. My younger daughter broke the interior driver-side door handle on her '95 F-800 and finding one seemed rather daunting. I cut up an old steel bicycle handlebar and welded together a new handle for her. It might not be pretty, but it works well, and will long outlast the craptastic pot-metal OEM part.

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2020-07-05 7:24:34 PM  

TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.


Even later than that. In the late 70s, and probably later than that, the Defense Mapping Agency at their teaching facility at Fort Belvoir repaired survey instruments. Because of that, one of the guys was their spider wrangler. He had about half-a-dozen small terraria which held widows.
It was real fun when one had babies and they went all over the building because they were smaller than the mesh.
This was when lasers started creeping in and making old optical instruments obsolete, of course, which is kind of a shame. An old theodolite is a work of art.
 
2020-07-05 8:06:49 PM  
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2020-07-05 8:12:11 PM  

TwowheelinTim: lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

It's hard to wrap my mind around what kind of brain it takes to even consider looking for uses of, well, everything.

I like repurposing bicycle parts just because I have so many of them. My younger daughter broke the interior driver-side door handle on her '95 F-800 and finding one seemed rather daunting. I cut up an old steel bicycle handlebar and welded together a new handle for her. It might not be pretty, but it works well, and will long outlast the craptastic pot-metal OEM part.

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Ha! That's pretty cool, nice work.
 
2020-07-05 8:22:16 PM  

lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

It's hard to wrap my mind around what kind of brain it takes to even consider looking for uses of, well, everything.

I like repurposing bicycle parts just because I have so many of them. My younger daughter broke the interior driver-side door handle on her '95 F-800 and finding one seemed rather daunting. I cut up an old steel bicycle handlebar and welded together a new handle for her. It might not be pretty, but it works well, and will long outlast the craptastic pot-metal OEM part.

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Ha! That's pretty cool, nice work.


It kinda freaked me out when I saw her repeatedly getting out of her truck on the passenger side. When I asked why, she told me about the broken handle. I asked her how she planned on getting out if the truck rolled over on that side and was burning. She didn't have an answer and just looked at me blankly. I made one for her that afternoon and installed it before she left again. It's actually a really cool rig. Here's a link to her instagram account.
 
2020-07-05 8:38:34 PM  
Can't wait to get myself a pair of Arigoggles.
 
2020-07-05 9:39:50 PM  
Oh subby, I'm not screaming because of spiders.  I'm screaming into the void.  I recomeend you do the same.
 
2020-07-05 9:43:34 PM  
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2020-07-05 10:17:56 PM  

TwowheelinTim: lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: lindalouwho: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

It's hard to wrap my mind around what kind of brain it takes to even consider looking for uses of, well, everything.

I like repurposing bicycle parts just because I have so many of them. My younger daughter broke the interior driver-side door handle on her '95 F-800 and finding one seemed rather daunting. I cut up an old steel bicycle handlebar and welded together a new handle for her. It might not be pretty, but it works well, and will long outlast the craptastic pot-metal OEM part.

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Ha! That's pretty cool, nice work.

It kinda freaked me out when I saw her repeatedly getting out of her truck on the passenger side. When I asked why, she told me about the broken handle. I asked her how she planned on getting out if the truck rolled over on that side and was burning. She didn't have an answer and just looked at me blankly. I made one for her that afternoon and installed it before she left again. It's actually a really cool rig. Here's a link to her instagram account.


She's a cutie, has a cool Instagram, too.
 
2020-07-05 10:31:59 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Oh subby, I'm not screaming because of spiders.  I'm screaming into the void.  I recomeend you do the same.


I mean, we're already on Fark... so...
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2020-07-05 10:36:06 PM  
I don't want you to panic but there is a huge spider slowing coming down above your head.
 
2020-07-06 4:16:44 AM  

TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.


Why black widow specifically? Did they decide that since it was for bomb sights they just had to make it out of the silk of the most dangerous spider they could? Had to have the worst case scenario for hazing the new guy? "Hey, just got my engineering degree I'm so happy to be doing my part for the war effort!" "Great, you'll be reaching into this box and pulling out spider stuff. Try not to let them bite you, we don't have time right now to go hunting down another guy. Say, do you know how to ID a black widow? No? Great, you won't have to because they all are."

Did no other spider have fine enough silk or something like that?
 
2020-07-06 1:17:05 PM  

BolloxReader: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

Why black widow specifically? Did they decide that since it was for bomb sights they just had to make it out of the silk of the most dangerous spider they could? Had to have the worst case scenario for hazing the new guy? "Hey, just got my engineering degree I'm so happy to be doing my part for the war effort!" "Great, you'll be reaching into this box and pulling out spider stuff. Try not to let them bite you, we don't have time right now to go hunting down another guy. Say, do you know how to ID a black widow? No? Great, you won't have to because they all are."

Did no other spider have fine enough silk or something like that?


I don't know for sure, but I do believe it had something to do with the incredible strength of their brand of silk. If you've never experienced a black widow web you might want to check it out. The sh*t is tough.

Getting bitten isn't a concern if proper precautions are taken. It wouldn't surprise me if they just killed the spider with some sort of toxin before harvesting the web.

That and they're abundant in SoCal, and easy to raise.
 
2020-07-06 2:04:16 PM  

TwowheelinTim: BolloxReader: TwowheelinTim: During WWII Black Widow silk was used for bomb sights. I worked for Northrop Corporation Elecro-Mechanical Division in the 80s and a hallway near the HR office was adorned with photos of their spider ops. It was creepy-cool.

Why black widow specifically? Did they decide that since it was for bomb sights they just had to make it out of the silk of the most dangerous spider they could? Had to have the worst case scenario for hazing the new guy? "Hey, just got my engineering degree I'm so happy to be doing my part for the war effort!" "Great, you'll be reaching into this box and pulling out spider stuff. Try not to let them bite you, we don't have time right now to go hunting down another guy. Say, do you know how to ID a black widow? No? Great, you won't have to because they all are."

Did no other spider have fine enough silk or something like that?

I don't know for sure, but I do believe it had something to do with the incredible strength of their brand of silk. If you've never experienced a black widow web you might want to check it out. The sh*t is tough.

Getting bitten isn't a concern if proper precautions are taken. It wouldn't surprise me if they just killed the spider with some sort of toxin before harvesting the web.

That and they're abundant in SoCal, and easy to raise.


I have to say that no, although I intellectually understand that black widows have spinnerettes I have never associated them with webs. I have seen one once that I recall. I just know their reputation. Somehow silk has never really factored in anything I've read about them.

Thanks for the answer though! I learn stuff every day here.
 
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