Scientists unravel the mysterious mechanics of spider silk

Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong. Recent research, published by Cell Press on February 15th in Biophysical Journal, describes the architecture of silk fibers from the atomic level up and …

The sweetness of biodegradable plastics

Tel Aviv ― Environmentalists around the world agree ― plastic bags are choking our landfills and polluting our seas. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is developing new laboratory methods using corn starch and sugar to help susta…

From toxicity to life: Arsenic proves to be a building block

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Arsenic – an element that triggers death for most Earthly life forms – is actually allowing for a bacterium to thrive and reproduce.
In a study that may prompt the rewriting of textbooks, a team of astrobiologists and chemists…

Engineers test effects of fire on steel structures

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers at Purdue University are studying the effects of fire on steel structures, such as buildings and bridges, using a one-of-a-kind heating system and a specialized laboratory for testing large beams and other com…

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