REX proposes a building clad in retractable sunshades

May 9th, 2014

New York-based architectural firm REX has proposed a spectacular shading solution in its submission to an invited design competition. Two sister Middle Eastern media companies wanted conjoined headquarters buildings, requesting two elegant structures that would reference traditional Arab architecture. The companies also had a long, slender precedent structure for consideration that could simultaneously accommodate offices […]

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iQ for FR workwear

May 9th, 2014

Workers in the electric utility, oil and gas, emerging energy and manufacturing lines face daily risk from flash fires, arc flash and related dangers—and often have to trade comfort for safety in their fire-resistant apparel. Bulwark® FR, Nashville, Tenn., in partnership with Milliken & Co., will introduce nine new products in June 2014 to offer […]

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Ansell offers new safety gloves

May 9th, 2014

Iselin, N.J.-based Ansell introduces its first HyFlex glove to offer oil repellency, secure grip and cut resistance. The HyFlex 11-927 glove features Ansell’s Ripel liquid-repellence technology and Ansell GRIP technology, combined with a cut-resistant liner and a higher dip lining. Many industrial workers performing primary assembly, metal working and stamping operations risk contacting liquids—including lubricants […]

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TissueGen patents self-expanding medical device

May 9th, 2014

TissueGen® Inc., a company that develops biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery, has been issued a patent for a self-expanding medical device capable of drug elusion within the body. This new product meets the market’s need for devices that are self-expanding and can stay in place when implanted in tubular organs of the human […]

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Ballistics afoot

May 9th, 2014

High-end men’s clothing maker, Over All Mastercloth (O.A.M.C.) now offers shoes, as well.  As much as they are fashionable, these are no ordinary shoes. Made from (among other materials) Kevlar®, the shoes have been tested under a barrage of live fire and remained more or less intact. Kevlar is used in anti-ballistic vests, helmets and […]

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Now you see it…

May 9th, 2014

“Invisible Barn: An Architectural Folly Merging with Nature,” is a site-specific design proposal that re-contextualizes the landscape of  its environment by projecting the landscape onto the building. The project proposes to clad the barn-shaped structure in 5mil reflective mylar film with a clear UV coating, creating a mirrored piece that becomes a part of the […]

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Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Co. joins SAC

May 9th, 2014

Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Co., a subsidiary of Freudenberg Nonwovens, has become a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and will act now as a part of a global association of companies from the apparel and footwear industries that have committed to comply with fixed criteria in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability. The […]

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New lightweight construction materials

May 8th, 2014

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have developed microstructured lightweight construction materials of high stability. Although their density is below that of water, their stability relative to their weight exceeds that of massive materials, such as high-performance steel or aluminum. Inspired by the framework structure of bones and the shell structure of bees honeycomb, the […]

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Reshaping hydrophobic textiles

May 7th, 2014

A team of scientists led by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is testing super hydrophobic materials that work by reshaping the surface of textiles so water droplets can bounce faster and are 40 percent less likely to reach the fabric surface. If less water reaches the fabric, the surface dries […]

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“Brazucam” captures soccer action

May 6th, 2014

The idea of “watching football” takes on new meaning with Adidas “Brazucam” soccer ball. Outfitted with six HD action cams, the ball can capture a 360-degree panoramic video—from the ball’s perspective. Custom-designed stabilization technology wrapped in leather supports the Brazucam’s cameras in order to capture viewable images. The action cams are part of a promotional […]

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