Textiles with antimicrobial and flame retardant function

Undoubtedly textiles are an essential part of interior design. They add some character to a place. It might seem their main function is purely aesthetic, however, they can also improve safety and hygiene. The...

A stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings

The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff wrapped around your arm. One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch...

“Smart” clothes against free radicals

The impact of disease-causing free radicals on human body may be reduced by wearing special high-tech clothes just a few hours a day, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medicinal...

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...

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...

Scientists put a new twist on artificial muscles

In recent years, researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and colleagues at the University of Wollongong in Australia have put a high-tech twist on the ancient art of fiber spinning, using modern...

How can gelatine be used in pair with textiles?

The moisture content of the human skin influences its characteristics. The addition of moisture softens the skin and changes its appearance. This can be seen in DIY work for example: a thin film of...
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