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Dec. 21, 2012

Future Fibers May Be Spun From Slime

The hagfish or "slime eel" shoots out slime containing silk-like fibers of remarkable strength.

hagfish, material science

Aug. 30, 2013

Ancient Beads with an Otherworldly Origin

Iron beads made from meteoric metals predate the Iron Age.

Archaeometallurgy, Thilo Rehren, iron age, meteoric beads, egypt, jewelry

Jul. 30, 2010

Silk

It's smooth, slippery, and strong -- but despite the efforts of many researchers, spiders and caterpillars do it best. We'll talk about silk.

materials science, silk, fiber, spider

Mar. 25, 2011

How to Dress for Space Travel

The author of the book Spacesuit explains the history behind the Apollo 11 spacesuit.

space suit, nasa, rocket, exploration

Jul. 17, 2009

Building Functional Fibers

Researchers have been able to build a fabric-based camera out of a mesh of light-sensitive fibers. We'll talk about the wok and efforts to use fibers in advanced electronics and other devices.

fiber camera, yoel fink, photonics, light, fabric, cloth

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Recent films such as Coraline have wowed audiences with their visual effects. We'll talk with movie industry experts about the science and technology that lies behind animation, 3D images, and other visual tricks of the silver screen.

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