Spinning a Web of Secrets

When you see a spider, your first inclination may be to step on it, or scream and run away.

But engineers would do the opposite, as they are trying to unlock one of nature's greatest mysteries: a spider's ability to produce silk.

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Nearly two weeks after BP capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the millions of gallons that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico are disappearing.

This reversal, which may seem surprising, can actually be explained by the presence of microbes that break down oil in order to grow and reproduce.

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