Is Spider Silk Stronger Than Steel? | MythBusters Jr.

  • Published on: 27 April 2019
  • In Spider Silk vs. Steel, Elijah, Cannan, and Allie test the age-old eight-legged myth that spider silk is stronger than steel.

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  • ufosauna
    ufosauna   19 hours ago

    Limpet teeth is even stronger than spider silk.

  • Kitsune's Den
    Kitsune's Den   2 days ago

    And how about silk worm's vs spider's? Also, which spider silk is the strongest?

  • Raze Adam
    Raze Adam   5 days ago

    Did they count ever single strand of silk???

  • Bagels
    Bagels   1 weeks ago

    You have to remember that spider silk easily rips about

  • CCpower
    CCpower   1 weeks ago

    You got to realize though that probably 3 feet of steel wire went into the steel test.And over 9 miles of spider silk went into the spider test.Soooo...... did you guys forget about dependent variables or what!

  • Catnipfumar
    Catnipfumar   1 weeks ago

    to me it makes sense. The steel wire is a man-made object, the object is from an element found in nature. man can't beat nature.

  • booksNstuff
    booksNstuff   1 weeks ago

    Why are the comments so hateful towards the kids?

  • Caden vids
    Caden vids   1 weeks ago

    “Hi! Yes. I need 200 pounds of spider silk please? Also, can i have the steel of my house interior replaced with it? Thank you!”

  • mg.wired
    mg.wired   1 weeks ago

    Some spiders has a different type of silk

  • Doggo Gang
    Doggo Gang   1 weeks ago

    But, steel is heavier than feathers spider silk...

  • Mr. Noob
    Mr. Noob   1 weeks ago

    wIsh there was more Mythbusters jr.

  • H2Dwoat
    H2Dwoat   1 weeks ago

    Hi, this is interesting an all but is anyone more interested in how they collected the spider silk strands like I am ?

  • 自由吗
    自由吗   1 weeks ago

    This is why the Spider-Man can never get fall .......

  • Toaster N'Friends
    Toaster N'Friends   1 weeks ago

    Imagine 9.5 miles of only Darwin's bark spider silk, it's twice as strong as the next strongest spider silk.

  • Mr. Fbi
    Mr. Fbi   2 weeks ago

    i hate the adittion of kids in the show get them to school

  • One-HunDredd™
    One-HunDredd™   2 weeks ago

    Scientific fact...besides we already know some spider silk are used for bulletproof vests.

  • Shariful Redzuan
    Shariful Redzuan   2 weeks ago

    Im glad you made this experiment. I thought it was a myth, now im certain.

  • hellcat1988
    hellcat1988   2 weeks ago

    This was never a myth. This was scientific knowledge.

  • Yrhwenheim
    Yrhwenheim   2 weeks ago

    Hmm I Wonder How Spider Man Can Stop A Train But In Mythbusters His webs Can Only Weigh Like 26 Pounds...

  • Pam Cadd
    Pam Cadd   2 weeks ago

    There is some research that shows that a given spider makes different kinds of silk. In one example, one variety of spider produced 7 different kinds. It would be interesting to try this sort of test with the more nuanced selection of the silks. From the Washington Post:With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked like mashed potatoes, others like green worms or air-filled rubber gloves. Each lets the spider produce a different type of silk. Some silk types can be stretchy, others stiff. Some dissolve in water, others repel it. “They make so many kinds of silk!” Hayashi said. “That’s just what boggles my mind.” Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Her lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York is uncovering the genes behind each type of silk to create a sort of “silk library.” It’s part of an effort to learn how spiders make so many kinds of silk and what allows each kind to behave differently.

  • Lucas Inazumai
    Lucas Inazumai   3 weeks ago

    Seeing the title.Me: Please tell me the dagger used in 'Aracnid' is possible.

  • John J
    John J   3 weeks ago

    The over-the-top drama is creepy

  • Chris Holley
    Chris Holley   3 weeks ago

    Dyneema line is a synthetic equivalent and weight for weight its great stuff

  • Edu Dish
    Edu Dish   3 weeks ago

    Why can I cross my watching tv