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Repellent slime has material virtues

Threads from hagfishes' defensive goo demonstrate superior strength and flexibility

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8:56pm, December 19, 2012

Step aside spiders. Threads made by another creepy-crawly — the eel-like hagfish — may lead to superior new fibers for parachutes, packaging and perhaps even clothing. A new study that examines the mechanical properties of threads made from hagfishes’ slimy mucus finds the fibers are both strong and stretchy, and may serve as a model for creating superior new materials.

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