Eco-friendly passive cooling solution

February 1st, 2022

Nanopores in fabrics made of PE allow heat to escape from the body. Photos: MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Scientists from MIT’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering have developed a means to modify fibers of PE (polyethylene), found in plastic wrap and grocery bags, to create fabrics that absorb and evaporate water more quickly than common […]

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Engineers make a self-cooling fabric from polyethylene

June 1st, 2021

In considering materials that could become the fabrics of the future, helping humans adapt to climate change, scientists have largely dismissed one widely available option: polyethylene. This thin and lightweight material, commonly used in plastic grocery bags, could keep a person cooler than most textiles because it allows heat through rather than trapping it in. […]

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Balloon network provides internet

January 1st, 2018

For many, internet access is common and logging in is second nature. But more than half of the world’s population is still without access. Google is committed to remedy this and has developed Project Loon, a network of balloons that can provide internet coverage to people in rural and remote locations. It works like this: […]

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Innovators find a variety of markets for color-changing materials

September 1st, 2016

New research and applications are proving that color-changing smart textiles continue to offer viable technology and products in the smart fabrics marketplace. Most recently, researchers from the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new color-changing “smart thread,” Ebb, that turns fabric into a computerized display. According to information provided by the […]

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Flying splice tape

January 1st, 2016

ARclad® 0082 splicing tape for bonding low surface energy films and other substrates in high-speed applications is an 8-mil, double-faced tape featuring a high-performance, rubber-based adhesive coated onto a conformable paper carrier. The tape’s blue color allows for easy splice detection and is recommended for splicing low- and high-density polyethylene films, polycoated films, foils and […]

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