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New This Ski Season: A Jacket Brewed From Spider Silk

Spider silk may be the holy grail of biomaterials. In nature, it can be tougher than Kevlar, lighter than carbon fiber, and warmer than the densest down, depending on how it’s made. Today, Japanese biomaterial...

5 Reasons Jeff Bezos Should Bet Big On Synthetic Biology

The richest man on earth is trying to get off it. In a recent interview with CNBC news, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos warned that humans are “in the process of destroying this planet.” We have to go to space, he added, “if we...

DNA Data Storage Is About To Go Viral

In 1862, Gregor Mendel bred pea plants to study inheritance. Fast forward 100 years to 1962, James Watson, Frances Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA. Today...