On Monday April 6 Scientists from the Department of Defence Science and Technology (https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/) was scheduled to visit our UNSW Facilities and personnel to initiate discussions on new spider silk initiatives with a focus on Defence. A full day of talks (by Sean Blamires, Patrick Spicer, Patricia Flanagan, Sean Li and others) and visits to…Details
Our collaborator Patricia Flanagan has created a YouTube post to promote the ‘Cognitive Textiles’ project, which the SSRL is really enthusiastic about being involved with.
New podcast is out: Spider silk special!Spider silk is one of the toughest materials on earth – it’s super light, durable and sustainable. Is spider silk the raw material for clothes and protective gear of the future? Cat chats to Dr Sean Blamires whose research explores ways to harness the spider silk’s special features for…Details
Biomimetics (the transfer of functional principals from living systems into designs) is a rapidly growing field of research. Nevertheless, gauging how useful it has been as a tool for developing new products and technologies is difficult, as the field is currently ill defined and real, tangible outputs have so far been few. Moreover, it is…Details
“Spiders customise webs based on diet”, Australian Geographic, March 19, 2015. Read the Australian Geographic article here. ‘The findings indicate that spiders adjust the type of webs they spin to adapt to what food source is around. If there are more flies, for example, spiders don’t seem to waste the extra energy needed to build…Details
Sean Blamires has published an article on the influences of environmental variability on spider web and silk properties entitled “You are What You Weave” in the October edition of Australasian Science Magazine. See http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-october-2015/you-are-what-you-weave.html