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2014-04-09 08:23:44

Plant-based food and beverage brand releases inspiring and educational video series; teams up with The Nature Conservancy to promote water savings BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Earth Month, Silk(®), the maker of plant-based food and beverages, will celebrate the universal joy of water through an educational and inspirational campaign encouraging consumers to reflect on and reduce their daily water footprint....

2014-04-02 04:20:25

H&M and Zara/Inditex Partner with Canopy to Transform Clothing's Impacts on Species, Forests and Climate VANCOUVER, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Today, the world's two largest clothing brands are making commitments to eliminate ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The companies, retail and design leaders H&M and Zara/Inditex, developed these new purchasing commitments in partnership with award-winning environmental organization Canopy...

Synthetic Spider Silk Has Superhero Strength
2014-03-06 12:43:18

American Chemical Society Spider silk of fantastical, superhero strength is finally speeding toward commercial reality — at least a synthetic version of it is. The material, which is five times stronger than steel, could be used in products from bulletproof vests to medical implants, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Alex Scott, a senior editor at C&EN, notes that spider...

2014-02-25 23:32:51

With a heartwarming backstory, Bubble Shack Hawaii has launched the Bungalow Woof Organic Dog Wash as well, in an effort to not only expand their premium line of Hawaiian bath and body products, but also promote animal rescue groups in the local area. Pearl City, HI (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 Bubble Shack Hawaii is pleased to offer the newly created Bungalow Woof Organic Dog Wash as the latest addition to their vast suite of premium organic bath and body products and natural handmade soy...

2014-02-20 23:21:07

Mori-Nu Non-GMO Tofu Available in U.S. Markets [Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc.,] Torrance, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2014 American soy enthusiasts concerned about the presence of genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs, in their tofu or soy purees can add Mori-Nu tofu to their shopping carts. Mori-Nu, made by Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc., (http://www.morinu.com) has always used US-grown non-GMO soy in its 10 products, which are manufactured in Portland, OR. “Tofu is low fat and...

2014-01-29 23:22:27

Silktap converts silkworm cocoons into a liquid that serves as a key material input driving innovations in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other biomedical fields. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Silktap, Inc. today announced the launch of its flagship liquid silk fibroin product, presenting an alternative that supplants the in-house, four-day process used throughout academic and commercial research labs worldwide. Silk fibroin is a biocompatible and biodegradable renewable...

Silk And Diamonds Makes New Imaging And Drug Delivery Tool
2014-01-27 13:02:06

The Optical Society Silk and diamonds aren't just for ties and jewelry anymore. They're ingredients for a new kind of tiny glowing particle that could provide doctors and researchers with a novel technique for biological imaging and drug delivery. The new particles, just tens of nanometers across, are made of diamond and covered in silk. They can be injected into living cells, and because they glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light, biologists can use them to peer inside...

Spider Web Not Good Heat Conductor
2014-01-22 13:54:55

[ Watch the Video: Science Showdown Over Spider Silk ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study conducted by researchers from the University of the Basque Country brings into question the results of a 2012 study that found that spider silk conducts heat as well as metal. Two years ago Iowa State University scientists found that spider silk was not only a great heat conductor, but that the silk was just as good of a heat conductor as metal. However, the team...

2013-12-29 23:00:46

Getting healthy is a main concern of many as the new year approaches. In addition to some of the typical health related resolutions, Almost Nuts encourages consumers to reduce their intake of GMO foods as a way to better their health. Denmark, WI (PRWEB) December 29, 2013 Instead of just signing up for a new gym membership to start your new year's resolution, Almost Nuts! wants consumers to also be aware of the health impacts GMOs have on their health. This year a lot of events have...

Thousands Of Years Of Captive Breeding Has Impaired Olfactory Functions In Silkmoths
2013-11-21 10:22:04

Max Planck Institute Domesticated silkmoths Bombyx mori have a much more limited perception of environmental odors compared to their wild relatives. The extremely sensitive olfactory detection of pheromones in males eager to mate, however, remains unaltered. A new study on silkmoths published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that the insects’ ability to perceive environmental odors has been reduced after about 5000 years of domestication by humans. Scientists from the...


Latest Silk Reference Libraries

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2009-05-02 19:29:15

The Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes) is a species of orbweaver spider. It is found in the warmer regions of the Americas. In the United States, this species ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas. In many areas its distribution is somewhat localized and may be absent in many areas over wide areas. In some arboreal or swampy areas, adults and their webs can be found in large concentrations, especially near the coast. This species is also...

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2009-05-02 19:25:11

The Joro Spider (Nephila clavata) is a species of arachnid that is a member of the golden orb-web spider group. It is found in Japan (except Hokkaidō), Korea, Taiwan and China. The web of the female can reach up to 39 inches in width. The yellow threads appear rich gold in sunlight. The web has three layers: the central orb, plus two irregular layers in front of and behind the orb. The adult female is about 1 inch. The male is much smaller and is no bigger than 0.4 inches. The female...

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2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult moth is only 4-5 days and they are capable of reproduction from day 1. Their cocoons are uniquely...

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2005-09-08 12:27:59

PHOTO CAPTION: Elachista rufocinerea (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The Elachistidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths). Their larvae have a wide variety of habits including leaf tiers, seed borers, and leaf or stem miners. The Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) is a species native to Australia, and can be easily found in all the states except for Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Eggs The eggs are laid on a leaf either singly or several in a row usually on...

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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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