Preparation of Submicroscopic Spider Threads for Particle Studies

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Science  03 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3766, pp. 1124-1125
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3766.1124


Many small spiders produce threads of different diameters, some of which are submicroscopic. When the threads are subjected to an environment of tobacco smoke and then examined microscopically, the invisible threads are manifested as particles in a line with no visible connection. These threads are used to support microscopic water droplets in single-particle scattering experiments.