Interesting People - Spiderman

According to physicists at the University of Leicester a scaled up version of a spider's web, as spun by comic book hero Spiderman would be strong enough to stop a moving train.

(They calculated that webbing with the following properties could stop a moving train:-
  • The force Spider-Man's webs would have exerted on the train would be 300,000 newtons
  • The stiffness of the web would be 3.12 gigapascals
  • The toughness of the web would be roughly 500 megajoules per cubic metre.
The title of their paper?

'Doing Whatever a Spider Can'.)

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