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Combining wood fibers and spider silk for new materials

A combination of wood fibers and spider silk could create a new type of material that can rival plastic in terms of versatility but without the negative impact upon the environment, new research shows.

Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Rajshahi - Bangladesh's silk industry is one of the oldest in the world, with farmers in the northwestern border district of Rajshahi producing some of the most sought-after silk yarns.

Spider's unique spinning technique inspires tougher materials

The special spinning technique used by a type of venomous spider is the basis for new scientific developments designed to improve materials needed for space travel, according to new research.

Silkworms that munch on graphene make stronger silk

A new study from China has found that by adding anno-sized fragments of graphene to the diet of silkworms results in the larvae producing stronger and more resilient silk.

Essential Science: Spider silk inspires new electronics

The silk spun by spiders to make a web seems to have little to do with the development of next generation electronics. However, scientists at Rice University have discovered band gaps in spider silk which could have a big impact on electronics.

Bring the sun into your home with the Silk smart lightbulb

A new smart LED lightbulb aims to improve your health, wellness and sleep patterns by providing you with light that is more akin to that of the sun. It slowly shifts from blue to red in the day, allowing your body's circadian rhythm to operate normally.

Making ‘smart bandages’ with ink-jet printing

Medicinal silk inks, laced with healing enzymes, can be produced on an inkjet printer to create ‘smart’ bandages that assist with the healing process.

Scientists make recombinant spider silk

In a remarkable feat of genetic engineering, scientists have programmed the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce artificial spider silk.

GM silkworms made to spin super-strong silk

Silk is of great value but it does not always make for the robust clothing. Scientists have genetically engineered silk worms to manufacture a tough, strong and durable form of silk.

Help for silk farm workers

A new RNA-based test can tell male and female silkworms apart. The finding is the first case of sex determination that does not involve a protein and may should be a boon to silk manufacturers.

Nanotech used to produce silk

Engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to generate nanostructures from silk in an environmentally friendly process.

Swat's silk industry killed by Pakistan Taliban militancy

Mingaora - Five years after it collapsed under Taliban rule, the once-thriving silk industry in the Swat valley of northwest Pakistan is still in shreds, leaving thousands without work and entrepreneurs like Shaukat Ali counting the cost.Ali's family moved from t...

How to keep a female spider happy? A gift-wrapped present

What is the best way for a male spider to mate with a female spider? Bringing along food wrapped in silk does the trick, according to a new study.

Review: New on DVD for November 12 Special

This week’s releases include a refurbished franchise; a comedic creature feature that will have audiences drunk with laughter; the sober consideration of an unspeakable act; and two first-rate BBC first seasons.

Studying spiders for silk technology

Scientists are studying spiders with the hope of developing super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body.

GMO comes to the fashion world

'Genetically modified' (GM) has been associated for a long time with food. Now scientists have engineered silkworms to produce fluorescent fabrics.

Researchers unravel mysteries of spider silk

A group of researchers are enthusiastic over recent progress in discovering what makes spider silk so strong. Using a high-tech, but non-invasive, technique, scientists believe they are closer to uncovering the secrets behind the strength of spider silk.

Silk fibers developed to counter bioterrorism

Scientists have developed chemically treated silk fibers which could be used by the US government as protective sheets in the event of a biological weapons attack. The fibers can also be used for humanitarian relief projects.

Why don't spiders stick to their own webs?

One of nature's mysteries concerns why spiders do not stick to their own webs. Some new research has shown that there are three mechanisms at play, relating to the hairs spiders' legs, the way spiders move, and due to special 'non-stick' coating.

Researcher makes violin strings out of spider silk

A researcher at a Japanese university has created violin strings from spider silk, and many people are impressed by the sounds.

Lyon’s sumptuous Textile Museum is a feast for the eyes Special

This wonderful museum owns over 2 million examples of fine textiles, from silk to synthetics, and from 25 centuries Before Christ until today. They come from all over the world and represent one of the two biggest textile collections in existence.

ArteZan Designs

Khorshied Samad is the wife of Afghanistan's Ambassador to Canada and she is one of the driving forces behind the "ArteZan Designs Project". This project is sponsored by a non-profit organization called Artists for Afghanistan Foundation (AFAF) and wh...
 

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