Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Start Getting Used To The Idea Of Being Encased In Silkworm Cocoons

"Vollrath says there are potential applications for the cocoons themselves, particularly in the developing world and potentially in car panels that are very tough and totally sustainable. The researchers are working on carbon footprint calculations but Vollrath notes that the production process is probably carbon neutral, involving a mulberry bush and worms that, unlike cattle, don't emit any methane. Further research is needed. Porter said the next stage will be to find a way to replicate the structures found in the cocoons or use them as a base material impregnated with gels as a way of developing a scalable production process."
In the future, cars will be made out of silkworm cocoons. Also, probably, the human-size webs that The Machines keep us in while they harvest our bone marrow.

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Mr. B (#10,093)

So they'll be made of … silk?

Mr. B (#10,093)

Related: W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn had the best-ever primer on the origins and history of sericulture, amirite?

jkonrath (#9,354)

So can bedbugs eat through silk? If not, I've got a great product idea.

Sorry, Vegans! Enjoy your long, long walks.

It'll be like driving Russ Myers' underpants.

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