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Video: Fish Slime Makes Tough, Silk-Like Fiber

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Selling the Slime
Ann R. Thryft   1/18/2013 11:42:31 AM
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Chuck, do I detect a slight sense of irony in your comment? In any case, I agree--I've been amazed at the variety of sources, in nature and elsewhere, for potential materials.

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Charles Murray   1/17/2013 6:31:04 PM
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Great story, Ann. The beauty of Design News is that we can cover virtually any technology story, including fish slime.

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Ann R. Thryft   1/3/2013 8:11:57 PM
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Scott, I like those names!



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Ann R. Thryft   1/2/2013 12:08:29 PM
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I agree Elizabeth--I'm continually impressed at the resources, and the variety of same, available in nature for materials and construction techniques.

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Impressive work
Elizabeth M   1/2/2013 5:54:03 AM
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A fascinating article, Ann. It never fails to impress me the lengths researchers will go as well as the creativity they use to find sources in nature for new materials and energy sources. It also shows just what an impressive force nature is and how complex it can be for humans to try to recreate natural materials, even with great ingenuity.

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Mydesign   1/2/2013 4:49:35 AM
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Ann, very interesting and a different topic. I think such topics apart from the normal one will be a great interest for most of our community members.

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NadineJ   12/30/2012 8:49:02 PM
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Fishilk is a good start!  But, is it vegan friendly?  That is a fast growing market today.

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Selling the Slime
Scott Orlosky   12/30/2012 5:41:13 PM
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I love this kind of stuff.  The diversity of life is amazing.  Maybe "Fishilk" or "Pescafiber" would make it more palatable for consumers?

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William K.   12/28/2012 4:20:45 PM
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Ann, my point is that the bacteria need to feed on someting and the specific needs will dwtermine exactly what that feedstock winds up being. As with most discoveries, the moving from a laboratory operation into a production environment is the bigger part of the task. Sometimes the adaptation to production winds up being the show-stopper.

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Ann R. Thryft   12/28/2012 12:07:34 PM
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I couldn't agree with you more, Nadine, about the name "fish slime". It's pretty gross. William, for industrial production levels the proteins would eventually be created by bacteria, as stated in the article. The current work is figuring out the best process for creating them to ensure sufficient strength and stiffness.

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