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J Exp Biol (2010) 213 (20): 3505–3514.
Published: 15 October 2010
...Cecilia Boutry; Todd Alan Blackledge SUMMARY Spider silk is a promising biomaterial with impressive performance. However, some spider silks also ‘supercontract’ when exposed to water, shrinking by up to ∼50% in length. Supercontraction may provide a critical mechanism to tailor silk properties...
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J Exp Biol (2009) 212 (13): 1990–1994.
Published: 1 July 2009
... ). Fibre science: Supercontraction stress in wet spider dragline. Nature 416 , 37 . Blackledge, T. A., Cardullo, R. A. and Hayashi, C. Y. ( 2005a ). Polarized light microscopy, variability in spider silk diameters, and the mechanical characterization of spider silk. Invertebr. Biol. 124 , 165...
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J Exp Biol (2009) 212 (13): 1981–1989.
Published: 1 July 2009
... understanding how silk reacts to different environmental conditions. For instance, spider dragline silk`supercontracts' in high humidity. During supercontraction, unrestrained dragline silk contracts up to 50% of its original length and restrained fibers generate substantial stress. Here we characterize...
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J Exp Biol (2002) 205 (15): 2167–2173.
Published: 1 August 2002
... range of tongue extension lengths, made possible by the presence of supercontracting muscle in the tongue retractors. Investigation of the length/tension properties and ultrastructure of the tongue retractor in a closely related agamid lizard ( Pogona vitticeps ) indicates that the ability to generate...