Silkworms Fed Dyed Mulberry Leaves To Produce Colored Silk

Fact: Snails fed colored paper will poop colored squiggles. Now, silkworms are getting in on the technicolor action: a recent report shows that, after eating mulberry leaves treated with fabric dye, regular larvae will produce cotton-candy-tinted fibers. They're like biological 3D printers for producing colored silk. » 12/06/13 3:40pm 12/06/13 3:40pm

5 Creatures That Have Evolved Into Badass Biological Machines

The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for… » 10/07/13 12:00pm 10/07/13 12:00pm

6,500 Silk Worms Spin One Heck Of A Cloud

Honestly, it seems like silk pajamas are on a downswing in popularity. Which is a damn shame. But the Mediated Matter Research Group (part of the MIT Media Lab) recently put thousands of silkworms to work on an architectural project that combines the worms' natural talent with computer modeling. » 6/02/13 9:21am 6/02/13 9:21am

New Kindle Fire Update Unleashes Full-Screen Web Browsing

Amazon rolled out the second update to its Kindle Fire 6.2.2 firmware today. In addition to a few minor bug fixes and performance tweaks, this update grants Amazon's Silk browser access the Fire's entire seven-inch screen. It does also bork rooted devices like November's update did, so get ready to re-root if you need. … » 1/18/12 8:50pm 1/18/12 8:50pm

Amazon Sets the Record Straight on Silk's Security

Silk, Amazon's new "cloud accelerated" browser, has already drawn the ire of security experts and politicians alike since it funnels most of the tablet's traffic through Amazon-controlled servers. Now, Amazon is providing additional details as to how Silk handles your data. » 10/22/11 1:40am 10/22/11 1:40am

What Is Amazon Silk?

As part of the Kindle Fire, Amazon introduced a new web browser called Silk that uses some of Amazon's best technologies to help make mobile browsing even better. What is Amazon Silk? Well, from the looks of things, it's awesome. » 9/28/11 11:33am 9/28/11 11:33am