Human skin eforced with material from a spider’s web form a substance that is four times stronger than kevlar. This amazing finding was discovered by Dutch researcher and artist Jalila Essaïdi (30) together with a research team. Essaïdi was inspired by an article of researcher Randy Lewis on goats and worms that produce some kind of spider’s web. The material that the animals produce in Randy Lewis’ project seemed to be five times stronger than steel and the substance is now used in bulletproof vests. Essaïdi thought the whole thing through and went to work: a team of artists and researchers started the project ‘2.6g 329m/s’ which succeeded to create some kind of human skin that incorporates the abilities of the material that Lewis initially came up with and that can resist bullets (until a certain velocity and speed). The result of this ‘wonderskin’ was created thanks to an international effort: the skin was made in Utah, assembled in Korea and China and layered in Germany. In the last phase, real human skin was cultivated around the super-substance. That proces of ‘growing skin’ takes about five weeks. “Science-fiction becomes reality. Suppose that keratine, the protein that gives our skin its strength could be replaced by this special ‘spider silk’ ? Then real ‘spidermen’ could become reality”, dixit Jalila Essaïdi. Scary ? Not really. It learns the medical world a lot about improving skin treatments and how skin reacts to specific elements.