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2011-05-18 00:08:12

The development and successful testing of a method for unreeling the strands of silk in wild silkworm cocoons could clear the way for establishment of new silk industries not only in Asia but also in vast areas of Africa and South America. The report appears in ACS' journal Biomacromolecules. Fritz Vollrath, Tom Gheysens and colleagues explain that silk is made by unraveling"” or unreeling "” the fine, soft thread from cocoons of silkmoths. The practice began as far back as 3500...

2011-05-17 07:05:00

NEW YORK, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Inetsilk, the online wholesale platform for fashionable silk scarves, has recorded that this year fashion's animal magnetism is still going strong, and that leopard print continues to be a main trend. Silk scarves show personality through style, which is what keeps buyers interested and willing to seek out original scarves. Inetsilk recently released exclusive styles of silk scarves in trends for this spring and summer. Leopard print,...

2011-04-12 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma Life Science, the innovative biological products and services research business of Sigma-Aldrich® (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced the signing of an agreement with Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (KBLB) to develop genetically modified silkworms for the production of spider silk, using Sigma's proprietary CompoZr Zinc Finger Nuclease (ZFN) technology. The transfer of silk genes from the spider to the silkworm is expected to...

2011-04-01 06:02:00

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April is National Soyfoods Month, and finding delicious soy-based foods at affordable prices has never been easier. During April several Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) members are offering coupons and discounts on a variety of tasty soyfoods, making this month a great time for consumers who may not be as familiar with the various soy products to try them for the first time. The promotions should also appeal to the soy...

2011-03-29 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Web 2.0 Expo -- Sococo, the social communications company, today announced at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco (http://www.web2expo.com) Team Space Business Telephony: the public beta program for Team Space users to call other team members or guests through public switched telephone network (PSTN) phone numbers. Sococo also announced plans to integrate Skype SILK audio codec for improved audio quality into Team Space. The...

2011-03-03 10:10:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Silk® has expanded its offerings of plant-based alternatives to dairy milk with the introduction of Silk Pure Coconut(TM) coconutmilk, which contains no dairy, no lactose and no cholesterol. Silk has long been known for its creamy and delicious soymilk, and last year the brand introduced Silk Pure Almond(TM) almondmilk. The introduction of Pure Coconut continues Silk's commitment to bring a variety of nutritious and...

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2011-03-02 11:27:33

Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong. Recent research, published by Cell Press on February 15th in Biophysical Journal, describes the architecture of silk fibers from the atomic level up and reveals new information about the molecular structure that underlies the amazing mechanical characteristics of this fascinating natural material. Spiders spin silk, which is remarkably strong and stretchy, to use in webs and to suspend themselves....

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2011-03-01 09:42:42

By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore"”a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Alzheimer's. A paper on the work is newly published online in Nature Nanotechnology. This project is headed by Michael Mayer, an associate professor in the U-M departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Also collaborating...

2011-02-21 07:25:00

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wick'em has a lot in store for women with sore, sensitive, or allergy-prone skin. The launch of their new Natural Bamboo Bra Liner was inspired by an overwhelming number of customer requests for a bra liner that was not only soft enough for extra-sensitive skin, but was also constructed without substances that can often be skin-irritating. Wick'em discovered that most of these requests came from women who were suffering from some type of...

2011-02-01 10:00:00

DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) today praised recommendations to "increase intake of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, or fortified soy beverages" in the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines, issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serve as the foundation of federal nutrition policy and nutrition education...


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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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