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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...

Day In The Life Of Progradungula Otwayensis
2013-09-25 11:54:31

Pensoft Publishers A recent paper published in the open access journal Zookeys provides a first-time glimpse in the natural history of the enigmatic spider species Progradungula otwayensis. Lurking in the hollows of old myrtle beech trees and thus hard to collect, this extraordinary spider is an endemic species confined strictly to the beautiful Great Otway National Park (Victoria, Australia). P. otwayensis belongs to the small spider family Gradungulidae which consists of seven genera...

2013-09-11 23:22:01

ElleSilk.com, a leader in the industry of silk bedding, has announced its new season sale on silk bedding sets, up to 20% off and free international shipping. (PRWEB) September 11, 2013 ElleSilk.com is a leader in the industry of silk bedding. Recently, the company has added a few more silk sheet sets for autumn 2013 to its silk sheets collection and announced a series of online promotions for new arrivals.The promotion is valid Oct 1st, 2013 through Oct 15th, 2013. During the new season...

2013-09-05 23:18:48

Lotus Moon, leading eco-friendly skin care line, unveils a new moisturizing hair lotion for curly hair types. Alameda, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2013 Leading eco-friendly skincare brand, Lotus Moon, introduces their multipurpose nourishing hair formula, Vanilla Honey Hair Milk, a natural and organic moisturizer infused with vanilla and almond extracts. “Styling keeps hair cute, but a good moisturizer will keep it healthy,” says Lotus Moon creator Lake Louise. “Vanilla Honey Hair...

2013-08-28 23:23:51

Yesterday, Lilysilk.com updated its website with an article to educate people how to choose pillows. Worcester, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 Many people think that they can choose pillows for themselves at will in a supermarket, and it is not always correct. Yesterday, Lilysilk.com updated its website with an article to educate people how to choose pillows. The company says that it is offering the best quality silk pillows in the market to its clients worldwide. When people select pillows,...

2013-08-27 23:33:24

Lilysilk.com is a leading silk product manufacture and retailer. The company has recently released numerous styles of silk pajamas for men and women. Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 Lilysilk, the distinguished online bedding manufacturer, has recently introduced new styles of silk nightwear for men and women. Now, clients can enjoy gorgeous fabrics and ideal styles at Lilysilk. Lilysilk has already been a leader in silk bedding products. Now, they are providing a lot of fashionable...

2013-08-27 23:33:20

Lilysilk is excited to release three types of silk pillows, which are inspired by the need to improve people’s sleep quality. These pillows are made of 100% mulberry silk floss. Spring Mills, NJ (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 Lilysilk knows that some people cannot sleep well at night. A good night’s sleep is vital in helping people to work and study efficiently in the day. Lilysilk has recently introduced its new silk pillows to help people to improve their sleep quality. These delicate silk...


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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