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…

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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…

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