Most stretchable spider silk reported
The egg sac silk of the cocoon stalk of the cave spider Meta menardi is the most stretchable egg sac silk yet tested, according to a study published Feb. 8 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
Silkworms spinning spider webs
'Pacman' nebula gets some teeth
(PhysOrg.com) -- To visible-light telescopes, this star-forming cloud appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the "Pacman" nebula, like the famous Pac-Man video game that debuted ...
First practical scientific test to date and authenticate priceless silk masterpieces
Scientists are reporting development of the first fast and reliable scientific method to determine the age and authenticity of priceless silk tapestries and other treasures -- such as Civil War General Phillip ...
Team develops new technique for dating silk
Strand for strand no fabric can compare to the luxurious feel, luminosity and sheen of pure silk. Since millennia, the Chinese have been unraveling the cocoons of the silk worm (Bombyx mori) and weaving the fibers into s ...
Polar dinosaur tracks open new trail to past
Paleontologists have discovered a group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks on the coast of Victoria, Australia, offering a rare glimpse into animal behavior during the last period of pronounced global warming, about 105 ...
A real-life zombie story in the life of bugs
From butterflies, some lessons about life -- and death
If you were to catch Loretta Downs loping through the shoulder-high milkweed along her alley fence come the end of June, you might not realize she was searching for something so sacred it leaves her speechless.
Reeling in a wild silk harvest
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new way of treating wild silkmoth cocoons could see new silk industries springing up wherever wild silk is found in Africa and South America, as well as silk?s Asian heartland.
New silkworm diet produces colored silk and possible medical advantages
Fish sleep more soundly when they have a mosquito net
University of Queensland research has found fish have developed their own mosquito nets in order to get a good night's sleep.
Bees that nest in petals
A rare species of solitary bees found in the Middle East, Osima avoseta, constructs its nests from petals, creating chambers of pink, yellow, blue, and purple for its larvae. The colorful nests moist, secure ...
First black holes may have incubated in giant, starlike cocoons
(PhysOrg.com) -- The first large black holes in the universe likely formed and grew deep inside gigantic, starlike cocoons that smothered their powerful x-ray radiation and prevented surrounding gases from ...
The first virtual reality technology to let you see, hear, smell, taste and touch
(PhysOrg.com) -- The first virtual reality headset that can stimulate all five senses will be unveiled at a major science event in London on March 4th.