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  • Painting Silk with Water and Light
    Post time: 10-18-2017

    Building materials with precise patterning that covers dimensions from the nano- to the macroscale is a staple of natural materials. This multiscale control is at the heart of the surprising functions that we see in the natural world all around us. Structural color is one of Nature’s most dazzli...Read more »

  • Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
    Post time: 09-29-2017

    Silkworm ‘pulling’ silk from its body. Credit: University of Sheffield. Author: phys.org Source: phys.org Published: September 20, 2017 New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of S...Read more »

  • ‘Something wicked (smelling)’ this way comes—the science of fabrics and odors
    Post time: 09-11-2017

    Tobi Richter and Professor Raechel Laing. Credit Sharron Bennett Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have used advanced technology to find out why three common fibre types differ in how they take in and release body odor. Using Proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR...Read more »

  • Post time: 08-29-2017

    Silk could soon be used to produce more sensitive and flexible body sensors like this one. Credit: Yingying Zhang Author: phys.org Source: phys.org Published: August 21, 2017 From smart socks to workout clothes that measure exertion, wearable body sensors are becoming t...Read more »

  • Post time: 08-16-2017

    Author: ChemistryViews.org Source: Advanced Healthcare Materials/Wiley-VCH Published: 02 April 2017 Wounds heal better when they are kept moist. Wound dressings can help with this, but also need to be gas-permeable, waterproof, and keep out bacteria. There has been research into biological materi...Read more »

  • Pigments in Tissue Engineering
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    Author: Lisa-Marie Rauschendorfer Source: Advanced Healthcare Materials Published: 09 April 2016 Muscle fibers generally form by the fusion of parallel-aligned young muscle cells, so-called myoblasts, into multi-nucleated fibers. Myoblasts respond to electric stimuli and electricity can be used ...Read more »

  • Silkworm cocoon implants may help prevent age-related macular degeneration
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    By Louisa Rebgetz Source: ABC News Updated 24 Dec 2016, 5:46pm PHOTO: Silkworm cocoons fibres could help restore the vision of millions of people. (ABC News: Louisa Rebgetz) MAP: Brisbane 4000 Silkworm cocoons could be the answer to preventing millions of people from going blind around the world...Read more »

  • Post time: 06-05-2017

    January 23, 2017 Source: phys.org Hydrodynamic focussing by means of perpendicular water streams makes protein nanofibrils lock together in a microfibre. Credit: DESY/Eberhard Reimann A Swedish-German team of researchers has cleared up a key process for the artificial production of silk. With th...Read more »

  • Post time: 06-05-2017

    By David Weber Source: ABC News Mon 29 May 2017,5:42 am PHOTO: Researchers are moving towards clinical trials of a device that incorporates silk in an ear implant.(Supplied: Ear Science Institute) It gives a new meaning to an “earworm”, a term usually ascribed to a song or tune that ...Read more »

  • Indian Institute of Technology’s 3D printed silk cartilage helps activate organ growth
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    Author: Beau Jackson Source: 3D Printing Industry MAY 30, 2017 A paper from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has demonstrated a 3D printable ink suitable for supporting the growth of cartilage. In a paradigm shift for the technology, the silk-based material differentiates between t...Read more »

  • Silk Fibroin for Better Wound Healing
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    Author: ChemistryViews.org Source: Advanced Healthcare Materials Published: 02 April 2017 Wounds heal better when they are kept moist. Wound dressings can help with this, but also need to be gas-permeable, waterproof, and keep out bacteria. There has been research into biological materials with ...Read more »

  • Tiny Silk Batteries Dissolve within Weeks
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    Biodegradable power source could run medical implants deep in the body By Prachi Patel, Chemical & Engineering News on April 13, 2017 A thin battery (top left) made of metal-coated silk electrodes and a silk-ionic liquid electrolyte completely dissolves in saline buffer solution after 45 day...Read more »

  • Engineers create programmable silk-based materials with embedded, pre-designed functions
    Post time: 06-05-2017

    Author: Patrick Collins Source: TuftsNow Published: June 2, 2017 Process enables creation of mechanical components with functionality, such as surgical pins that change color with strain A silk fibroin pin changes color from blue to red when the force applied reaches the material’s yield point. ...Read more »

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