Spiders Web Biomimicry

Biomimicry – sometimes called biomimetics – is “the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems.” Creationists love it, of course, seeing it as confirmation that their Designer is superior to mere human intelligence. Of course, as natural selection has been going for far longer and operates via different mechanisms it would be unsurprising for there to be a few things we could learn from its products – the pointing out of an instance of biomimicry thus is merely a preaching to the choir, and requires other elements to form part of a Creationist Claim. An example of biomimicry being twisted into a CC can be found here, along with a response (of course).

Our latest instance comes from Mr Thomas’ Daily Science Update for Monday the 19th: Scientists Decode Key to Spider Web Strength. The study (and only reference) is Nonlinear material behaviour of spider silk yields robust webs from Nature.

A diagram of the web of the spider Nephila clavipes, which is being focussed on in the paper Continue reading