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2010-08-12 19:20:00

Researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering and Boston University have fabricated and characterized the first large area metamaterial structures patterned on implantable, bio-compatible silk substrates.The research, reported online July 21, 2010, in the journal Advanced Materials, provides a promising path towards the development of a new class of metamaterial-inspired implantable biosensors and biodetectors.  Metamaterials are artificial electromagnetic composites,...

2010-08-11 05:35:00

NEW YORK, Aug 11 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Recently, a new online store operated by Abizark, http://www.inetsilk.com , was opened, mainly providing genuine silk products for retail and small scale wholesale. It offers the perfect experience of convenient online shopping, including safe online payment, fast global express service, etc. www.inetsilk.com is an online silk products store, whose main products cover a wide range of silk scarves, wool and cashmere scarves, silk pajamas, etc. In...

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2010-07-31 06:45:09

A decade of research yields new uses for ancient material Tougher than a bullet-proof vest yet synonymous with beauty and luxury, silk fibers are a masterpiece of nature whose remarkable properties have yet to be fully replicated in the laboratory. Thanks to their amazing mechanical properties as well as their looks, silk fibers have been important materials in textiles, medical sutures, and even armor for 5,000 years. Silk spun by spiders and silk worms combines high strength and...

2010-07-27 23:44:39

Researchers have long envied spiders' ability to manufacture silk that is light-weighted while as strong and tough as steel or Kevlar. Indeed, finer than human hair, five times stronger by weight than steel, and three times tougher than the top quality man-made fiber Kevlar, spider dragline silk is an ideal material for numerous applications. Suggested industrial applications have ranged from parachute cords and protective clothing to composite materials in aircrafts. Also, many biomedical...

2010-06-23 06:00:00

NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On June 1st, Bagsok released its latest collection -- Alfa Artist handbags -- which use scarves as a decoration. But days later, a customer named Jenny, pointed out in her blog that the design of this collection is suspected to borrow the idea of Hermes. www.bagsok.com is one of the most popular online stores where a great variety of brand handbags for trendy girls and women are available. And Alfa Artist, as one of the leading bag brands in...

2010-06-07 13:19:00

CHICAGO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Windy City has undeniably, once again birthed another musical prodigy. After opening for artists such as Usher, Silk, Jodeci, Juvenile and Bones Thugs-n-Harmony, amongst others, DA-NI is taking the lead with his new single, "Workin Out" featuring the soothing soulful sounds of none other than R. Kelly. This new single, produced by DA-NI, tells the story of a man's appreciation of his partner working it out for their enjoyment. DA-NI's unique style is a...

2010-05-27 17:29:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Many premium food brands continue to suffer as consumers exercise budget-conscious shopping habits from coupon clipping, cooking at home, and buying more generic goods. However, some brands like Fruit2day are bucking the trend. Hero-WhiteWave today announced that Fruit2day is on pace to be among the top twenty percent of new products launched in 2009 based on revenue, according to IRI's New Product Pacesetters Report, despite consumer's...

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2010-05-24 15:10:00

An archeologist at Washington University in St. Louis is helping to reveal for the first time a snapshot of rural life in China during the Han Dynasty. The rural farming village of Sanyangzhuang was flooded by silt-heavy water from the Yellow River around 2,000 year ago. Working with Chinese colleagues, T.R. Kidder, PhD, professor and chair of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, is working to excavate the site, which offers a exceptionally well-preserved view of daily life in Western China...

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2010-05-13 09:35:22

Discovery opens the way toward biomimetic production of ultra-strong, elastic fibers Five times the tensile strength of steel and triple that of the currently best synthetic fibers: Spider silk is a fascinating material. But no one has thus far succeeded in producing the super fibers synthetically. How do spiders form long, highly stable and elastic fibers from the spider silk proteins stored in the silk gland within split seconds? Scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)...

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2010-03-03 10:44:21

CSIRO scientist Dr Tara Sutherland and her team have achieved another important milestone in the international quest to artificially produce insect silk. They have hand-drawn fine threads of honeybee silk from a "Ëœsoup' of silk proteins that they had produced transgenically. These threads were as strong as threads drawn from the honeybee silk gland, a significant step towards development of coiled coil silk biomaterials. "It means that we can now seriously consider the uses to...


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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