Robot arm at MIT will weave its own web (w/ Video)
Silkworms spinning spider webs
Silkworm structures drive push for new materials
Cool crystals and hot climates
A crystalline structure used by a silkworm virus to protect itself from the elements may provide similar protection for human vaccines in challenging tropical climates and remote regions.
Spider know-how could cut future energy costs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Oxford University and The University of Sheffield have demonstrated that natural silks are a thousand times more efficient than common plastics when it comes to forming fibres.
Scientists genetically engineer silkworms to produce artificial spider silk (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A research and development effort by the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming, and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable ...
Researchers uncover the process by which gender is determined in the silkworm
Paralysis promises smart silk technology
(Phys.org) —Oxford University researchers have harnessed the natural defence mechanism of silkworms, which causes paralysis, in what is a major step towards the large-scale production of silks with tailor-made ...
Glue, fly, glue: Caddisflies' underwater silk adhesive might suture wounds
Like silkworm moths, butterflies and spiders, caddisfly larvae spin silk, but they do so underwater instead on dry land. Now, University of Utah researchers have discovered why the fly's silk is sticky when ...
Eco-friendly optics: Spider silk's talents harnessed for use in biosensors, lasers, microchips
Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light. New research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to more traditional ways of manipulating light, ...
Scientists use silk from the tasar silkworm as a scaffold for heart tissue
(PhysOrg.com) -- Damaged human heart muscle cannot be regenerated. Scar tissue grows in place of the damaged muscle cells. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim ...
Utah researcher helps artist make bulletproof skin
A bio-art project to create bulletproof skin has given a Utah State researcher even more hope his genetically engineered spider silk can be used to help surgeons heal large wounds and create artificial tendons ...