Bolt Threads debuts its first product, a $314 tie made from spiderwebs

August 22, 2017

It may not look like a bunch of cobwebs, but the tie you see above was spun from the same material spiders spin out from their behinds. The difference is this thread was mass-produced from fermented microbial poop instead, and its the first product out from materials science startup Bolt Threads. Intrigued? We first wrote about Bolts zany ambitions to build a spider-silk factory using microbugs when it was just…


How McLaren F1 Tech Is Supercharging the Worlds Industries

May 31, 2017

One morning in March 2012, GlaxoSmithKline engineer Shaun Glover visited the McLaren Technology Group headquarters in Woking, Surrey. A year earlier, McLaren’s CEO and founder Ron Dennis and Andrew Witty, the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, had signed a partnership deal. “There was an internal call for proposals, so we put ourselves forward,” says Glover, who is the engineering director of a toothpaste factory in Maidenhead, the biggest of its kind in…