These gloves may look fairly normal, but the warning message on the side is made from a a silk compound which changes color once they’re exposed to bacteria such as E. coli—providing a means of spotting and avoiding exposure.
Down is the most effective commonly-available insulator for outdoors apparel. But, it’s also expensive, loses its ability to insulate when wet (if untreated) and — there’s no way around this — is horribly cruel to most of the ducks and geese who donate their underfeathers. Now, there may be a real alternative:…
Not all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge.
Cold? I bet we can fix that. Staying warm in any condition — the office, the commute, a ski slope or in the outdoors — starts with a good base layer. Here's how to find the best ones for your individual needs.
Meet Rabbit, the only brown recluse spider you're ever going to feel sorry for. That's because you're watching her be restrained and milked for her super-strong silk. Oof.
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.
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…
Amazon has given its Silk browser for Kindle Fire a massive UI overhaul: it's now neater and easier to navigate.
Most of your exposure to silk probably comes in the form of uncomfortably sensual linens or cobwebs in a dusty old closet. In reality, though, silk is an incredible and overlooked material. While it may have roots in the ancient past, it could also form the building blocks of the future.
The world's best violins come with strings made from catgut—which isn't typically from cats, but does definitely come from the inside of an animal. If you want a more vegetarian alternative, though, how about a set made from spider silk?
Paul Lazarro has one of the weirdest gigs I've ever heard of: he milks black widow spiders for their silk. Yeap! The venomous, red dotted, eight-legged, creature killing black widow is knocked out and then handled for its super strong silk. All in the name of dangerous research.
I admit that it looks a bit like your grandparents' bath towels, but this is actually the largest piece of clothing ever made purely from spider silk.
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…
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.
Presumably meant as a way to improve investment opportunities into the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet and other related products, Amazon has spun that device and the Fire brand into a new company called Seesaw LLC.
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.
Silk! The ancient material is soft, luxurious and...incredibly versatile for the future. New uses and manufacturing techniques for silk have been discovered and you can use it as a vein replacement, bone replacement, optical fibers, microneedles, cups, holograms and more.