Biodegradable pads from sisal to combat period poverty

February 1st, 2024

From left: Anton Molina, Anesta Kothari and Manu Prakash show the sisal fiber and the cotton-like material they’ve produced from the sisal. They hope this material could be used to make more accessible and sustainable menstrual pads. Image: Stanford University/Andrew Brodhead Of all the things that keep girls out of school in developing nations, biological […]

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Two in one: double-duty textile could warm or cool

March 1st, 2018

Imagine one jacket that could keep you warm or cool, no matter the weather. Scientists at Stanford University have developed a reversible fabric that does just that, depending on which side is facing out. The research team, led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, was interested in developing ways to promote energy […]

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Keeping it cool

February 1st, 2017

Scientists at Stanford University have developed a textile to keep you cool. It’s a plastic-based material that can be woven into fabric to cool the body two ways, allowing the wearer to feel nearly four degrees (F) cooler than with typical cotton clothing. The textile cools first by enabling perspiration to evaporate through the material, […]

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