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Silk’s Photonic Talents Brought to Light at FiO 2012

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2012 — Natural silk's potential as an eco-friendly way to manipulate light for applications such as biosensors, lasers and photonic chips was presented by US and French researchers this week at the Optical Society's 96th annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012. The golden orb web spider is common and, thanks to its big size (6 to 10 cm), its silk can be extracted easily. Courtesy of Michel Pézolet. One of the strongest fibers in nature (the dragline used by spiders to form the structure of their webs is stronger, pound for pound, than steel), silk is biocompatible,...Read full article

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