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 • 4 518

  • SvnthSun Gaming
    SvnthSun Gaming  23 hours back

    Would twisting the spider silk enhance its weight-bearing capacity?

    • theparadoxdoge
      theparadoxdoge  3 days back

      The kids sound so un enethusiastic and scripted

      • Doc Holliday
        Doc Holliday  3 days back

        Hey discovery. Bring back Kary, Grant and Tori if you want more mythbusters. Not these cringe worthy kids.

        • David Alejandro DeLosReyes Ostos

          So... if It's been proved that spider slik can proportionally be stronger than steel wire.... We can imagine bridges held by proportional sized spider silk wires!!!

          • #Andy SHDW
            #Andy SHDW  3 days back

            Is that boi in green a transgender.

            • Wraithstrike19
              Wraithstrike19  4 days back

              Now imagine if that was weaved...

              • shakir johnson
                shakir johnson  5 days back

                9 miles of spider silk vs a foot of a steel strand? Hmmmmmmmmm

                • Skyler Vue
                  Skyler Vue  7 days back

                  I mean if there were a steel wall and a silk wall I don’t think a silk wall would stop a bullet like a steel wall would

                  • Mr. Snakey
                    Mr. Snakey  7 days back

                    By mass, yes. By volume, no.
                    But keep in mind that this is only tensile strength.

                    • nitza Gomej
                      nitza Gomej  1 weeks back

                      mother nature will be always more wise tan every scientist in the world:). did you know that mouse and rats teeths are forever Sharp? and yes there is a tecnology there

                      • lord1c1s
                        lord1c1s  1 weeks back

                        That thing looks like he’s holding a used condom

                        • VeniVdVici
                          VeniVdVici  1 weeks back

                          I think if they wove the silk or braided it, they would have filled the bucket.

                          • dutch van der meme
                            dutch van der meme  1 weeks back

                            So,it is but you need a 100 miles of spider silk

                          • Lara Ann Azeez
                            Lara Ann Azeez  2 weeks back

                            Now I'm gonna make *real* webshooters.
                            Who's gonna join me??

                            • 福Leehow94
                              福Leehow94  2 weeks back

                              Anyone else come here from a Snapple cap

                              • Kevin Bowers
                                Kevin Bowers  2 weeks back

                                Why is a spider silk not wound.. like the steel is.. anyone know if it would be stronger if wound

                                • Nate B
                                  Nate B  2 weeks back

                                  Cool now make body armor out of it

                                  • csknives2140
                                    csknives2140  2 weeks back

                                    this is the epitome of useless science.

                                    • Ravi Shankar
                                      Ravi Shankar  2 weeks back

                                      That's why I would love to be Spiderman rather than ironman😁

                                      • RANT
                                        RANT  2 weeks back

                                        what do you mean by 'stronger'? There's compressive strength, tensile and yield strength and also impact strength. if you think apider silk has a greater tensile strength than the highest grade of superalloy then you're wrong

                                        • Cryptic Knot
                                          Cryptic Knot  3 weeks back

                                          there was more spider silk than the steel?

                                          • Reverend Saltine
                                            Reverend Saltine  3 weeks back

                                            This guy is too old for this job—what is he on? Plus, I really don;t like this new crew. Pretty repulsive.

                                            • Daemon Redfield
                                              Daemon Redfield  3 weeks back

                                              Shouldn't they be wearing safety goggles? They playing with high tension steel.

                                              • Van WangYe
                                                Van WangYe  3 weeks back

                                                Interesting part. Golden orbs are native species of spiders here in southeast Asia. And no country here is using orb spider silk.

                                                • Ryan Luppino-Dawson
                                                  Ryan Luppino-Dawson  3 weeks back

                                                  Not all spider silk is built equally.

                                                  • Jadhav Nishant
                                                    Jadhav Nishant  3 weeks back

                                                    Compare the strength of same volume of two

                                                    • Andrew Johnson
                                                      Andrew Johnson  3 weeks back

                                                      That's a result!!

                                                      • under rated
                                                        under rated  3 weeks back

                                                        Unity is strength dts oll...

                                                        • TheStonedJesus
                                                          TheStonedJesus  3 weeks back

                                                          Wait wait wait is that 25000 strands of spider silk the same weight as that small ass piece of steel cuz if not this whole bitch is out the window.

                                                          • Linda Pollard
                                                            Linda Pollard  3 weeks back

                                                            I think if you used more steel string it would have worked

                                                            • Dominic Murphy
                                                              Dominic Murphy  4 weeks back

                                                              you can strech eney thing too 9 miles

                                                              • Arfwid
                                                                Arfwid  4 weeks back

                                                                Why test it by weight? Why not by surface area like we meassure strength in design usually?

                                                                • Rufus of UFOMG!
                                                                  Rufus of UFOMG!  4 weeks back

                                                                  I'll take an Adam Savage over a Bill Nye any day of the week.

                                                                  • sejje
                                                                    sejje  4 weeks back

                                                                    Those spiders are golden silk orb-weavers, in case anyone cares. Very common where I grew up in central florida.

                                                                    • Nahin Ahad
                                                                      Nahin Ahad  4 weeks back

                                                                      I mean were are loads of spider silk strands used to be stronger than steel. I'm pretty sure if you used wool or cotton strands I'm sure they would beat the spider silk and steel.

                                                                      • Diego de la Llata
                                                                        Diego de la Llata  4 weeks back

                                                                        No metric sistem? It would be much simpler when using water because 1 lt. of h2o = 1 kg. But well even NASA sometimes uses imperial

                                                                        • Camulus777
                                                                          Camulus777  4 weeks back

                                                                          Weave it and see how much more strength you get.

                                                                          • Bela Alvares.
                                                                            Bela Alvares.  4 weeks back

                                                                            Man: THANK YOU SPIDER!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                            Kids: thaaaaaannk you spider.

                                                                            • Nil Gacha Cookie
                                                                              Nil Gacha Cookie  4 weeks back


                                                                              • Mai Jaspal Da Papa Gurinder

                                                                                Bring jamie back

                                                                                • xScopeLess
                                                                                  xScopeLess  4 weeks back

                                                                                  2:51 imagine if this kid in green pulled out scissors and cut it

                                                                                  • Thot Police
                                                                                    Thot Police  4 weeks back

                                                                                    I miss Jamie

                                                                                    • R Truth
                                                                                      R Truth  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Lmao all they needed was one golden weaver spider and a couple of threads.

                                                                                      • Web Cityx
                                                                                        Web Cityx  4 weeks back

                                                                                        How do you gather spider silk?

                                                                                        • austin bevis
                                                                                          austin bevis  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Was that golden orb weaver silk though? That’s pretty important because they have the strongest silk I believe.

                                                                                          • aceman1126
                                                                                            aceman1126  4 weeks back

                                                                                            God is pretty awesome

                                                                                            • irsr05
                                                                                              irsr05  4 weeks back

                                                                                              It took 5 weeks for that little bit of spider silk?
                                                                                              And here Spider-Man is, just shooting it around all willy-nilly.
                                                                                              Like, lend a hand bro.

                                                                                              • Hannah R.
                                                                                                Hannah R.  1 months back

                                                                                                It’s not the same amount of mass being used because the steel was wrapped around the pipe whilst the web was clipped onto it. Sure the mass in total may have been the same but over half the steel was just being used to wrap around the pipe. Steel probably would have won if it had been set up properly