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Silksteel  
  Material that has high tensile strength as well as high flexibility.  

"Until quite recently spider silk had the highest tensile strength known to man. And the name silksteel pays homage to the arachnid for good reason.
-Commissioner Pravin Lal, 'U.N. Scientific Survey'"
From Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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Within the game, the applications include use in robotic factories and military armor.

Compare to synthetic spider silk from Misfit, a 1939 short story by Robert Heinlein.

Thanks to Gatomon41 for contributing this item.

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