How to get rid of space debris
A project that will test several technologies capable of collecting the cosmic trash and returning it to the Earth's atmosphere.
The more we know about its molecular composition, the more likely it will be to replicate its properties.
Researchers are constantly finding a source of inspiration in nature to develop technological solutions, as we previously learned from geckos’ sticky legs. Spider webs have always been under the spotlight recurrently due to their unusual geometry and durability, but the more we know about their molecular composition, the higher the chances of replicating their properties.
In fact, thanks to the biocompatible qualities of spider webs, there have been several tests already utilizing web implants to reconstruct human knee cartilage, and has been also tried as a string in a prototype violin capable of making the most out of its vibrating properties. It seems that when an animal gets trapped in it, the web emits some kind of sound in order to make the spider aware that dinner is ready.