David Kaplan

Jul. 13, 2012

Silk Stretches Drugs’ Shelf Life to New Lengths

A silky solution to the age old question of how to keep drugs viable without refrigeration.

medicine, vaccines, drugs, silk, biomedical engineering, vaccine preservation

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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

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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