Is Spider Silk Stronger Than Steel? | MythBusters Jr.

  • Published: 27 April 2019
  • In Spider Silk vs. Steel, Elijah, Cannan, and Allie test the age-old eight-legged myth that spider silk is stronger than steel.

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Comments • 4 647

  • noah monfrini
    noah monfrini  5 hours back

    Lol I just turned 26 :3

    • ItzLizzy Star
      ItzLizzy Star  1 days back


      • BoldAndBrash
        BoldAndBrash  1 days back

        "It's v i s i b l y moving!"


        • Raze Adam
          Raze Adam  2 days back

          Did they count ever single strand of silk???

          • Bagels
            Bagels  3 days back

            You have to remember that spider silk easily rips about

            • Abigail Bates
              Abigail Bates  4 days back

              What is the control in this experiment?

              • Sonny Skye
                Sonny Skye  5 days back


                • CCpower
                  CCpower  6 days back

                  You got to realize though that probably 3 feet of steel wire went into the steel test.
                  And over 9 miles of spider silk went into the spider test.
                  Soooo...... did you guys forget about dependent variables or what!

                • Catnipfumar
                  Catnipfumar  6 days back

                  to me it makes sense. The steel wire is a man-made object, the object is from an element found in nature. man can't beat nature.

                  • booksNstuff
                    booksNstuff  7 days back

                    Why are the comments so hateful towards the kids?

                    • Brandon Gomez
                      Brandon Gomez  7 days back

                      How do I always end in videos like this

                      • Caden vids
                        Caden vids  7 days back

                        “Hi! Yes. I need 200 pounds of spider silk please? Also, can i have the steel of my house interior replaced with it? Thank you!”

                        • mg.wired
                          mg.wired  1 weeks back

                          Some spiders has a different type of silk

                          • Doggo Gang
                            Doggo Gang  1 weeks back

                            But, steel is heavier than -feathers- spider silk...

                          • Mr. Noob
                            Mr. Noob  1 weeks back

                            wIsh there was more Mythbusters jr.

                            • H2Dwoat
                              H2Dwoat  1 weeks back

                              Hi, this is interesting an all but is anyone more interested in how they collected the spider silk strands like I am ?

                              • booksNstuff
                                booksNstuff  7 days back

                                They knock a spider out with gas, pin it down, grab a strand and then start spinning it. Here's an example:

                            • 自由吗
                              自由吗  1 weeks back

                              This is why the Spider-Man can never get fall .......

                              • halomaniackslashcraz
                                halomaniackslashcraz  1 weeks back

                                But is iet strongur than feathears?

                                • Toaster N'Friends
                                  Toaster N'Friends  1 weeks back

                                  Imagine 9.5 miles of only Darwin's bark spider silk, it's twice as strong as the next strongest spider silk.

                                  • -Starry Night- PUFF
                                    -Starry Night- PUFF  1 weeks back

                                    I never asked a question tho .-.

                                    • ThInvisibleKid7274 !
                                      ThInvisibleKid7274 !  2 weeks back

                                      i hate the adittion of kids in the show get them to school

                                      • 1000 subs without any video!

                                        Im here after ERB lol!

                                        • One-HunDredd™
                                          One-HunDredd™  2 weeks back

                                          Scientific fact...besides we already know some spider silk are used for bulletproof vests.

                                          • Shariful Redzuan
                                            Shariful Redzuan  2 weeks back

                                            Im glad you made this experiment. I thought it was a myth, now im certain.

                                            • hellcat1988
                                              hellcat1988  2 weeks back

                                              This was never a myth. This was scientific knowledge.

                                              • Yrhwenheim
                                                Yrhwenheim  2 weeks back

                                                Hmm I Wonder How Spider Man Can Stop A Train But In Mythbusters His webs Can Only Weigh Like 26 Pounds...

                                                • C H R I S ACA28
                                                  C H R I S ACA28  2 weeks back

                                                  but the spider silk was thicker than steel

                                                  • Pam Cadd
                                                    Pam Cadd  2 weeks back

                                                    There is some research that shows that a given spider makes different kinds of silk. In one example, one variety of spider produced 7 different kinds. It would be interesting to try this sort of test with the more nuanced selection of the silks. From the Washington Post:

                                                    With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope.

                                                    In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked like mashed potatoes, others like green worms or air-filled rubber gloves. Each lets the spider produce a different type of silk.

                                                    Some silk types can be stretchy, others stiff. Some dissolve in water, others repel it.

                                                    “They make so many kinds of silk!” Hayashi said. “That’s just what boggles my mind.”

                                                    Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. Her lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York is uncovering the genes behind each type of silk to create a sort of “silk library.” It’s part of an effort to learn how spiders make so many kinds of silk and what allows each kind to behave differently.


                                                    • Lucas Inazumai
                                                      Lucas Inazumai  2 weeks back

                                                      Seeing the title.
                                                      Me: Please tell me the dagger used in 'Aracnid' is possible.

                                                      • Post Silence
                                                        Post Silence  3 weeks back

                                                        Imagine if it was braided.

                                                        • Adrian Beltran
                                                          Adrian Beltran  3 weeks back

                                                          Anybody here from jessi?

                                                          • Bryan Collantes
                                                            Bryan Collantes  3 weeks back

                                                            Now i know How Spidy fly with that Silk 😁

                                                            • John J
                                                              John J  3 weeks back

                                                              The over-the-top drama is creepy

                                                              • Dopple Ganger
                                                                Dopple Ganger  3 weeks back

                                                                Spiderman clap slowly

                                                                • Chris Holley
                                                                  Chris Holley  3 weeks back

                                                                  Dyneema line is a synthetic equivalent and weight for weight its great stuff

                                                                  • Edu Dish
                                                                    Edu Dish  3 weeks back

                                                                    Why can I cross my watching tv

                                                                    • Edu Dish
                                                                      Edu Dish  3 weeks back

                                                                      Bill Nye the science guy spiders

                                                                      • Fatin Nordiana
                                                                        Fatin Nordiana  3 weeks back

                                                                        What about making enforced materials out of spiders silk and steel? Woa.

                                                                        • Iann Tirado
                                                                          Iann Tirado  4 weeks back

                                                                          Hey can you check if a rain can break a car window

                                                                          • lazer tag
                                                                            lazer tag  4 weeks back

                                                                            whos the blonde chick and is she single

                                                                            • Emma RealLastName
                                                                              Emma RealLastName  4 weeks back

                                                                              'That's a nice yellow colour!'
                                                                              YOU NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT'S GOING ON, THIS IS A BEAUTY AND YOU'RE THINKING OF YELLOW?!?!

                                                                              • Kyle Dilbert
                                                                                Kyle Dilbert  4 weeks back

                                                                                I feel like using a thicker set of spider silk completely denotes the entire experiment, shouldn’t each strand(s) be the same thickness? But other than that, I enjoyed the video.

                                                                                • Nikki Ahrenholz
                                                                                  Nikki Ahrenholz  4 weeks back

                                                                                  The girl came to our school she told us to watch this

                                                                                  • SILLYNA PRIZE
                                                                                    SILLYNA PRIZE  4 weeks back

                                                                                    My boyfriend- do you love me so much that you would die if I left you

                                                                                    Me- 2:41

                                                                                    • Buzz Killington
                                                                                      Buzz Killington  4 weeks back

                                                                                      How racially diverse -_-

                                                                                      • Thomas Udall
                                                                                        Thomas Udall  4 weeks back

                                                                                        3:44 ten seconds on one of those hanging carnaval games 😂😂

                                                                                        • malique pleasant
                                                                                          malique pleasant  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Hey myth busters. I was curious if its possible to make a electric longboard with a bluetooth stereo underneath that wont get damaged

                                                                                          • Damian Lopez
                                                                                            Damian Lopez  1 months back

                                                                                            Let's invest in the production of spider silk for everyday uses.