Comet moth’s silk fibers to make ‘air-conditioned’ fabric

Fabrics made from silkworm fibers have long been treasured for their beautiful luster and refreshing coolness. Columbia Engineering researchers have discovered that fibers produced by the caterpillars of a wild silk moth, the Madagascar...

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric...

Fungi-based, biodegradable fashion for better environment

Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year's National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste. Jillian Silverman and...

Noise-blocking curtains from Empa

Researchers at Empa, in cooperation with textile designer Annette Douglas and silk weavers Weisbrod-Zürrer AG, have developed lightweight, translucent curtain materials, which are excellent at absorbing sound. This is a combination that has been...

Researchers improve textile composite manufacturing

While wearing a crisply ironed, wrinkle-free shirt makes a good impression, researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus are working to solve the issue of wrinkling when it comes to making textile composites.Textile composites are known...

Harnessing friction gives soft robots new capabilities

Even octopuses understand the importance of elbows. When these squishy, loose-limbed cephalopods need to make a precise movement — such as guiding food into their mouth — the muscles in their tentacles contract to...

How to make one of the most complex materials functional?

For the first time, biomedical engineers have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature's ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum. Having achieved proof of concept, the researchers...

The technology that makes textiles germ-free

A University of Georgia researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render medical linens and clothing, face masks, paper towels - and yes, even diapers, intimate apparel and athletic wear, including smelly...

Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap

TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems - they're unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. A team of Vanderbilt University...

Printable elastic conductors for electronic textile

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a new ink that can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive and stretchable connections. This new functional ink will enable electronic apparel...
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