Learn about the potential for a new type of fiber that is stronger than nylon and made from a renewable resource in this video from NOVA: “Making Stuff Wilder.” Host and technology columnist David Pogue meets with scientists at the University of Guelph to investigate how hagfish are inspiring the development of new materials. Hagfish are eel-like animals that protect themselves from predators by releasing mucin and thread cells to create a slime. The threads are very strong; researchers are seeking a way to synthesize hagfish proteins to artificially produce similar threads.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
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