15 results for “spider silk”

Heart Tissue Grown with Spider Silk

Yunus Emre Duyar
April 18th 2015

Spider silk has always been a material that amazes scientists for different applications, from electronics to re-growing bones. Add to the list of possible uses a new and exciting one: in the future, it might be possible to grow a new heart in the laboratory using spider silk.…

Spider Silk will be Commercialized in 2015

Julia Weber
March 13th 2014

The brown recluse spider Rabbit is the most reliable and profuse silk producer, according to researcher Sean Koebley. This species is milked in research laboratories at the University of Oxford's Silk Group for its ultra strength silk production.…

E.Coli produced Spider Silk

Stefan Fincken
October 3rd 2011

In a previous post we have reported on spider silk, it's applications and the way it is produced. Adding the gene responsible for the production of the spider silk protein to other animals has given us silkworms and spidergoats that produce spider silk.…

Nano Product: Spider Silk Condoms

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
April 16th 2010

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project, we share some speculative nanotech products with you.…

Electricity Travels Through Spider Web

Alessia Andreotti
September 18th 2013

In future electric cables could be made ??of spider webs. 100% natural electric cables, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s possible! Researcher at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory of Tallahassee, Florida, found out that spider silk becomes a robust and flexible electricity conductor if coated with carbon nanotubes.…

Spidergoats & Superskin

Stefan Fincken
September 8th 2011

While some of us might have heard of the humorous but fictional 'spider pig,' spidergoats are the real deal. Although you might expect to see them lounging in giant webs or dangling from the ceiling, spidergoats actually look and behave like normal, everyday goats.…

In conversation with Jalila Essaïdi

Freya Hutchings
October 18th 2019

What do in-vitro human skin, spider silk and cow manure have in common? They are all unlikely materials that can cloth, protect and inspire humans, as realized by award-winning designer Jalila Essaïdi.…

The Next Nature Sneaker Series

Mathilde Nakken
December 14th 2016

It has already been four years since we launched our bioengineered sneaker collection Rayfish Footwear. Therefore we present for the real sneaker heads amongst us, six new futuristic pieces of footwear to find out how you will walk into the future.…

Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory

Alessia Andreotti
June 21st 2015

Imagine you could grow your own clothes, using fermented tea, bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms that can spin the ingredients into eco-friendly fibers.…

Living Among Pests – Designing the Biosynthetic City

Joyce Hwang
September 24th 2013

Biosynthetic design is usually discussed at the scale of the individual product. But the city – itself a mixture of synthetic interventions within biological systems – can be considered a more complex piece of biosynthetic design.…

Bulletproof Skin

Lisa van der Voort
September 12th 2011

Recent work of artist Jalila Essaïdi exemplifies of how science and art can meet and create meaningful inventions for society. Jalila Essaïdi used the spider silk produced by Randy Lewis’ goats to develop a partially bulletproof supernatural human skin.…

Nano-Silver Foam Condom For Women

Van Mensvoort
May 25th 2010

As we are calling for debate-provoking nanotech products that might hit the shelves of the Supermarket in the next ten years, some products much crazier than the ones we could imagine, are already being produced today.…

An introduction to Biomimicry

Janine Benyus
January 2nd 2019

The first time I explained biomimicry to a stranger was not in a talk or a workshop but in a big-box bookstore just after Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature had come out.…

I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicholas Carr
December 26th 2016

I. Angels and Superheroes

In 2008, Samuel O. Poore, a plastic surgeon who teaches at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school, published an article in the Journal of Hand Surgery titled “The Morphological Basis of the Arm-to-Wing Transition.” Drawing on evolutionary and anatomical evidence, he laid out a workable method for using the techniques of modern reconstructive surgery, including bone fusing and skin and muscle grafting, to “fabricate human wings from human arms.” Although the wings, in the doctor’s estimation, would not be capable of generating the lift needed to get a person off the ground, they might nonetheless serve “as cosmetic features simulating, for example, the nonfunctional wings of flightless birds.”…

Nano Product: The Food Printer

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
May 11th 2010

Are we creating the penicillin or the asbestos of the 21st century? In the months preceding our Nano Supermarket Project, we share some speculative nanotech products with you.…