Breakthrough silk compound could lead to longer-lasting antibiotics and…

One of the major hurdles of getting a number of drugs into the developing world is that they need to be kept chilled to remain effective. A breakthrough technique using silk proteins has found a way around the need to keep cold, and could mean drugs that stay usable at high temperature for months — if not years — at a… » 7/12/12 7:55am 7/12/12 7:55am

Violins strung with spider silk sound incredible

A Japanese researcher has brought the applications of spider silk to an entirely different register, using thousands upon thousands of strands of spider silk to create a set of violin strings. Most impressive of all, however, isn't that these strings are functional — it's that they actually sound incredible. » 3/05/12 9:25am 3/05/12 9:25am