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2010-02-04 07:33:38

A spider may be the reason fog-catching nets, which provide precious water in rain-starved parts of the world, may be ready for a high-tech upgrade. Chinese scientists reported their research in the journal Nature on why spider's silk is not only famous for strength but also terrific for collecting water from the air, sparing the creature the hunt for a drink. The secret lies in the silk's tail-shaped protein fibers that change structure in response to water. The tiny section of thread...

2010-01-28 00:08:00

BANGKOK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Thai Airways International Public Company Limited won the prestigious "Suriyasasithorn" calendar design awards for 2010 in two categories: Best General Notebook Calendar and Best Creativity and Design. The awards were given by the Public Relations Society of Thailand. To mark its 50th anniversary, THAI created the 'A Journey of Silk' calendar to greet Thai and international passengers worldwide and spread joy during the holiday season. Each calendar is...

2010-01-21 08:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT, OTC Bulletin Board: NADVF, TSXV: NAT), a company committed to producing renewable and environmentally sustainable textile fibers, has teamed up with Patrick Yarns, a world leader in the manufacture of high-performance industrial yarns, to give industry insiders a sneak peek at a group of new sustainable yarns made from CRAiLAR® Organic Fibers, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAT, at...

2009-12-23 08:27:01

The cellulose produced by bacteria could be used for artificial blood vessels in the future as it carries a lower risk of blood clots than the synthetic materials currently used for bypass operations, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Produced by a bacterium known as Acetobacter xylinum, the cellulose is strong enough to cope with blood pressure and works well with the body's own tissue. The thesis shows that the material also carries a...

2009-12-15 21:12:00

CHANDLER, Ariz., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Dear President Obama, While we salute you for recognizing that insulation is "sexy," we beg to differ that the only sexy thing about it is cost savings, as you stated earlier today. After all, our product UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation is made primarily from the manufacture of America's favorite, and some would argue -- sexiest -- clothing, blue jeans. Even sexier is that UltraTouch is completely natural, with no harsh chemicals...

2009-11-03 12:38:30

To coordinate critical asbestos research in Libby, Mont. Over nearly a century, thousands of residents and workers in Libby, MT, have been exposed to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite ore, leading to markedly higher rates of lung disease and autoimmune disorders, and causing to Libby in 2002 to be added to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's "National Priorities List." Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, leading a team of investigators from four institutions, are now...

2009-10-22 17:18:00

18-Count Indictment Alleges Individuals Directed and Hid Illegal Asbestos Removal WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of New York, has returned a superseding indictment charging David Vega and Francis Rowe with committing violations of the Clean Air Act while they were project managers for Gordon-Smith Contracting, Inc., an asbestos removal company owned by Keith Gordon-Smith, the Justice Department announced. The indictment...

2009-10-21 10:09:00

"Drop the Rock" Campaign Urges Statewide Action and Builds Awareness about Cancer-Causing Asbestos MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the Manhattan Beach City Council for passing RESOLUTION NO. 6223 "Urging the state legislature to repeal the designation of serpentine, the host of asbestos, as the official state rock, in support of world eradication of asbestos for public health as urged by the Asbestos...

2009-10-06 14:30:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Between $30 billion and $34 billion reside in the asbestos bankruptcy trusts, funds set aside from companies in bankruptcy to pay claims brought by workers who contracted asbestos-related diseases, according to estimates presented at last month's "National Asbestos Litigation Conference" produced in San Francisco by HB Litigation Conferences. The conference also featured panels of state court judges from around the country who shared their views on...

2009-09-17 09:00:00

BEIJING, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Himfr.com, one of China's leading B2B search platforms with more than 30 B2B industry websites to its name, analyzes the fluctuations in the export volume of China's silk garments. Himfr.com has learned that from January to July, China exported 52 million silk suits, in the amount of 703 million U.S. dollars, a decrease of 30.14 percent and 21.94 percent respectively year on year; the average unit price was 13.5 U.S. dollars / suit, an increase...


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2005-07-14 11:23:31

The silkworm (Bombyx mori or "raw silk of mulberry") is the larva of a moth that is economically important as the producer of silk. Its diet consists solely of mulberry leaves and it is native to northern China. The silkworm is so called because it spins its cocoon from raw silk. The cocoon is made of a single continuous thread of raw silk from 1000 to 3000 feet (300 to 900 meters) long. Silkworms have a good appetite. They eat mulberry leaves day and night continuously. Thus, they grow...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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