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Molecular insights into spider silk

They are lightweight, almost invisible, highly extensible and strong, and of course biodegradable: the threads spiders use to build their webs. In fact, spider silk belongs to the toughest fibres in nature. Based on its low weight it even supersedes high-tech threads like Kevlar or Carbon. Its unique combination of ...

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Brazil Election: How Jair Bolsonaro Turned Crisis Into Opportunity

Brazil Election: How Jair Bolsonaro Turned Crisis Into Opportunity Image Jair Bolsonaro speaking to supporters on Sunday in a televised address from his home in Rio de Janeiro after he was declared the winner of the presidential runoff.CreditCreditLeo Correa/Associated Press By Ernesto Londoño and Manuela Andreoni Oct. 29, 2018 Leer ...

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New, highly stable catalyst may help turn water into fuel

Breaking the bonds between oxygen and hydrogen in water could be a key to the creation of hydrogen in a sustainable manner, but finding an economically viable technique for this has proved difficult. Researchers report a new hydrogen-generating catalyst that clears many of the obstacles — abundance, stability in acid ...

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‘Robotic Skins’ turn everyday objects into robots

When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New “Robotic Skins” technology developed by Yale researchers flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots. Developed in the lab of Rebecca ...

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Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce

Vatican Power Struggle Bursts Into Open as Conservatives Pounce Video Pope Francis, taking questions after his papal visit to Ireland, urged parents not to ignore their gay children or throw them out of the family.Published OnAug. 28, 2018CreditCreditImage by Pool photo by Gregorio Borgias By Jason Horowitz Aug. 27, 2018 ...

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Imran Khan, Former Cricket Star, Pulls Into Lead in Pakistan’s Vote Count

Imran Khan, Former Cricket Star, Pulls Into Lead in Pakistan’s Vote Count Image Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, at a polling station in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Partial results showed Mr. Khan’s party leading in several districts.CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters By Jeffrey Gettleman July 25, 2018 LAHORE, Pakistan — ...

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Trump Hasn’t Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

After months of teasing a new military arm devoted to extra-stratospheric security, President Donald Trump publicly ordered the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces on Monday. Well, maybe. The president’s statement was not accompanied by ...

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