My spidey sense tells me this is the first place they should cut the budget. There are so many things we need to work on besides artificial spider web but being that our Air Force may soon fly around without jets, thanks to their soon-to-be spidey technology. The pilots will be slinging web all over the damn city. Please pilots, leave the mystery meat food carts alone; Akbar always hooks me up with the $5 plates.
Peep the deets:
The U.S. Air Force is funding a research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that could lead to the development of new materials that share the ultra-light, ultra strong properties of spider silk.
The MIT project uses a new kind of analogy to pinpoint exactly how the structure and function of spider silk is analogous to the sonic structure of a melody.
This is just one of a growing list of spider silk research efforts funded by the Air Force, which includes projects at the University of Wyoming, Georgetown University and Florida International University.
According to Denise Brehm of MIT News, the use of music to analyze the properties of spider webs is the result of a new approach to creating scientific analogies, called ologs.
The olog concept is the brainchild of a member of the research team based in the Mathematics Department, David Spivak, a specialist in the branch of category theory.
“Ologs provide an abstract means for categorizing the general properties of a system — be it a material, mathematical concept or phenomenon — and showing inherent relationships between function and structure.”
If the whole thing sounds a bit metaphysical, there may be a reason for that. Olog is short for “ontology logs,” and ontology refers to a touchstone in philosophical reasoning, the exploration of the nature of being.