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Sunclipse by ABC Carpet & Home: The new winter 2015 collection of silk rugs woven in India focuses on a subdued chaos of colors

Sunclipse by ABC Carpet & Home

To fully exhibit the multidimensional beauty of their new Sunclipse silk rugs—a collection inspired by the “convergence of the sun and the horizon”—ABC Carpet & Home placed the rugs and runners in the historic Fort Totten for an advertising campaign……

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Ross Ulbricht found guilty of Silk Road conspiracy charges

Today in a federal courthouse in Manhattan, Ross Ulbricht has been found guilty of charges stemming from his role in the founding and operation of the Silk Road. After nearly four hours of deliberation, the jury found Ulbricht guilty on all seven counts, including charges of narcotics conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. The Silk Road offered a platform for quasi-anonymous transactions, shielded by Tor’s anonymity network and the transaction-masking properties of Bitcoin, and hosted more than $ 100 million in drug transactions before it was shut down by law enforcement in October of 2013.

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This spider combs its tiny silk threads to make them extra sticky

There’s a spider in Britain that’s a tad unusual. Instead of spinning “thick” silk threads (in this case, thick means several micrometers), the garden center spider can spin tiny nano-scale threads that are also extremely sticky. This is particularly useful when catching prey, but until recently researchers didn’t now how the spider managed to make such sticky silk. Now, researchers say they’ve figured it out: the garden center spider’s silk is sticky because the spider combs and pulls at the tiny threads to charge the fibers. In other words, this spider appears to have figured out how electrostatic interactions work.

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Mt. Gox CEO says he isn’t Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts

Mark Karpeles, the CEO of stricken Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has denied any involvement in the online black market Silk Road.

Earlier today in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused of running Silk Road under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, a DHS agent said under cross examination that Karpeles had been a prime suspect in the investigation before attention fell on Ulbricht. Lawyers for the defense implied, if not outright argued, that Karpeles was the real Dread Pirate Roberts and had wanted to artificially inflate the value of Bitcoin.

“I have nothing to do with Silk Road.”

But Karpeles has outright ridiculed the suggestion in an email to Motherboard. “This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not Dread Pirate…

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The Silk Road trial just took a crazy twist implicating Mt Gox

What if the real mastermind behind the Silk Road drug market wasn’t Ross Ulbricht, who’s currently charged with running the site, but Mark Karpeles, the CEO of the ill-fated Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox? According to new developments in the trial today, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. DHS agent Jared Deryegnan admitted under cross examination that the agency had suspected Karpeles of running the site, and had prepared an affidavit to search Karpeles’ email as part of the Silk Road investigation. One of Karpeles’s companies had registered “Silkroadmarket.org,” leading investigators to consider him as a suspect. Other evidence ultimately implicated Ulbricht, convincing even Deryegnan, but for a long time, the investigation saw Karpeles as a…

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The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene: NYC-based illustrator Kimberly Ellen Hall takes the formality out of the accessory with her hand drawn designs

The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene


Last week at Cool Hunting + Story’s second annual Pitch Night, we heard from over forty different designers and makers over the course of almost five hours. With surprise guest judge Whoopi Goldberg adding to the pressure to make an impression,…

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Suprême Bon Ton’s Silk Scarves Inspired by Meteorites: The Paris-based studio’s collection finds beauty in minerals

Suprême Bon Ton's Silk Scarves Inspired by Meteorites


Textile designer Ella Perdereau started her Parisian studio Suprême Bon Ton in 2013 to offer a range of high-quality silk scarves with designs that are easy on the eyes and…

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Mansi Shah Printed Scarves: Inspirited silk accessories meticulously designed in NYC

Mansi Shah Printed Scarves


Eponymous design studio Mansi Shah prides itself on creating signature prints and products. Each bright and bold print made in the Chinatown space is conceived by Shah in NYC, though…

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Kathrin Von Rechenberg’s Tea Silk: The Beijing-based designer looks to an ancient textile technique to create sleekly contemporary attire

Kathrin Von Rechenberg's Tea Silk


Tea silk considered one of the most well-preserved gems in Chinese silk craftsmanship. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, this fabric was once considered the most luxurious silk. The ’30s became the gilded age for xiangyunsha (the Chinese name for tea silk, also called…

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P. Johnson Tailors Pocket Squares: Playful yet sophisticated silk accessories for gentlemen with a sense of fun

P. Johnson Tailors Pocket Squares


Maybe it’s the recent resurgence of ’80s touchstones like Ettore Sottsass’ Memphis movement and Jeff Koons that have us lusting after designs that blend play and sophistication, but there is…

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