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2009-08-31 13:05:00

There is a growing need for biocompatible photonic components for biomedical applications "“ from in vivo glucose monitoring to detecting harmful viruses or the telltale markers of Alzheimer's. Optical waveguides are of particular interest because of their ability to manipulate and transport light in a controlled manner in a variety of configurations.In an article featured on the cover of Advanced Materials, researchers at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at...

2009-07-29 06:40:00

BALTIMORE, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Take a culinary and cultural journey across western and southern Asia with food expert Laura Kelley. From the Republic of Georgia and Armenia on the shores of the Black Sea through the Caspian nations of Azerbaijan and Iran and into Afghanistan and the Indian Subcontinent, the foods enjoyed along the Silk Road whisper tales of connections between the cultures, histories, economies and regions of Asia. Not just another Asian cookbook, "The Silk Road...

2009-06-12 13:22:09

A spike in the number of ermine moths has left trees in parts of Britain covered entirely in cocoons of silk resembling giant spider webs, observers said. I was quite excited when I first saw it because it gives quite a beautiful effect as it looks silky in the sunlight, Deborah Collick, parks manager in Maidstone, Kent, told The Daily Telegraph in a story published Friday. Adult ermine moths lay up to 400 eggs each. Hatching larvae then eat the tree leaves and spin themselves into cocoons of...

2009-05-18 11:13:00

We no longer trust these imports for pets They have no place in organics CORNUCOPIA, Wis., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tremendous growth in organic soy foods has occurred over the last two decades as consumers seek healthy dietary protein sources. Many companies touting "natural" or "organic" soy brands have found favor in the supermarket. A new report, from The Cornucopia Institute, lifts the veil on some of these companies, exposing widespread importation of soybeans from China...

2009-05-08 07:16:53

A new study published online on May 7th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, has found the source of silkworms' attraction to mulberry leaves, their primary food source. A jasmine-scented chemical emitted in small quantities by the leaves triggers a single, highly tuned olfactory receptor in the silkworms' antennae, they show. The results are contrary to the notion that insects are generally attracted to their host plants through the recognition of a blend of volatile compounds by a...

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2009-04-24 06:50:00

Scientists have strengthened spider silk three times more than its natural durability - which is already tougher and lighter than steel - by infusing the silk with small bits of metal, Reuters reported. This procedure may prove beneficial for developing extremely durable textiles as well as high-tech medical materials like artificial bones and tendons. Researcher Seung-Mo Lee of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany suggested the infused spider silk "could make...

2008-11-13 06:00:08

A survey released today indicates that while about two-thirds of U.S. adults (64%) want to improve either their own or someone else's diet, only 7% of those is doing so by increasing soy intake. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive(R) on behalf of Stremicks Heritage Foods, found that over half (55%) of all adults admit they are not at all knowledgeable about soy foods and beverages, and less than 1-in-10 (8%) say their doctors or healthcare providers have talked with them about the...

2008-11-11 09:00:21

For the fifth time, WhiteWave Foods Company (WWFC) has been named a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country's leading green power purchasers for their commitment to helping advance the development and use of renewable energy. The EPA presented WWFC with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver, Colo. "Investing in renewable...

2008-11-04 09:00:17

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- WhiteWave Foods Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dean Foods Company and Hero Group (Switzerland) today announced a strategic joint venture to introduce new innovative chilled fruit products to North America. The 50/50 joint venture, called Hero/WhiteWave, joins the expertise of Dean Foods' WhiteWave Foods division, maker of Silk(R) soymilk and Horizon Organic(R), with Hero Group, producer of international fruit and infant nutrition brands Hero...

2008-10-23 18:00:17

DALLAS, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dean Foods Company will host a live webcast of its third quarter earnings conference call on November 4, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Management will discuss the results for the third quarter and comment on the forward outlook. An earnings release will be issued before the market opens on the same date. The webcast is expected to last approximately one hour and will be accessible by visiting http://www.deanfoods.com/ and by clicking on "Webcast." In order...


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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