Scientists fed graphine to silkworms and now they can spin silk that conducts electricity. What a time to be alive.
These gloves may look fairly normal, but the warning message on the side is made from a a silk compound which changes colour once they’re exposed to bacteria such as E. coli — providing a means of spotting and avoiding exposure.
Not all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge.