Transgenic silkworms spin glowing fluorescent silk

If your greatest problem with your silk clothes is that they don't look impressive enough under black light, you're in luck. Researchers in Japan have genetically engineered silkworms that spin silk that glows under fluorescent light. » 6/22/13 11:30am 6/22/13 11:30am

Thousands of silkworms and one robot made this intricate sculpture

Working under the assumption that silkworms are nature’s original 3D printers, researchers at MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group have created a domed sculpture from silk fibres woven by a robotic arm — which was then completed by over 6,500 silkworms. » 6/04/13 2:40pm 6/04/13 2:40pm

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