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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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Mirror of Threads Blankets by Emdal Colorknit: The Danish artist tames a German knitting machine from the ’80s to produce symbolic colors and unusual patterns

Mirror of Threads Blankets by Emdal Colorknit


Designer Signe Emdal has an affinity with the year 1984. That’s the year her 1.25-ton German knitting machine was made, as well as the Nikon camera she uses to create patterns from photos. However, Emdal (who entered the industry in 2006 by helping…

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Sourcing Vintage Textiles with Hickoree’s : We join the Brooklyn retailer at Sri, their supplier for ancient Japanese threads

Sourcing Vintage Textiles with Hickoree's


Japanese textiles, and denim in particular, have been a long-standing obsession of mine—long-standing, but somewhat uneducated. With the goal of schooling myself on these beautiful and ancient materials, I recently joined Emil Corsillo and Mitch Frank of ); return…

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Word of Mouth: Reykjavik: Fresh cuisine, Nordic design and proper men’s threads in Iceland’s capital city

Word of Mouth: Reykjavik


We all know the adage, Greenland is icy and Iceland is green. But really, not many know much more of the large island nation inhabited by just 320,000 people. On our most recent trip to Iceland to visit the capital city of Reykjavik for ); return…

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