Helmets and impact resistance

May 24th, 2021

Material and design improvements offer better head protection in sports activities.  When worn under a helmet, a fit cap will indicate the pressure exerted by the helmet on 16 different sensors. Photo: Massood Atashbar/Western Michigan University.  By Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., and Janet Preus According to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), about 1.6–3.8 million concussion cases […]

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Microneedle patch shows promise in treating MRSA skin infections

May 24th, 2021

A microneedle patch allows antibiotics to be applied directly into the skin, instead of being circulated throughout the body in the bloodstream. Each microneedle is just 0.2 mm wide at the base. Photo: Jill Ziesmer. Assoc. Prof. Georgios Sotiriou and Ph.D. student Jill Ziesmer  at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have created a microneedle device that provides a […]

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Solar desalination unit tested

May 24th, 2021

Although a large percentage of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, most of it is undrinkable. Removing the salt, compounds and microbes that make it unsafe to drink could expand the world’s supply of safe drinking water and address many human health concerns.   Desalination is an important technology that could help accomplish this, and […]

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A “smart foam” could give machines a sense of touch

May 24th, 2021

As smart as robots and machines are becoming, the sense of touch and the ability to feel complexities in the machine’s surroundings is still reserved for humans. But a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have now invented a "smart foam" that can give machines more than a human touch. National […]

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AFFOA to launch project call on June 1

May 24th, 2021

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) announces the launch of Project Call 2.0 (PC 2.0) via webinar on June 1, 2021. AFFOA plans to fund approximately $3 million in new development to expand technology capabilities and jumpstart key areas of strategic technology growth towards the scaling of advanced functional fiber and fabric technologies.    Topics […]

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Schoeller Textil AG hires new sales directors

May 18th, 2021

Schoeller Textil AG, a global textile solutions brand dedicated to innovating technical fabrics and smart textile finishing technologies, has announced that Megan Fulton and Jack McPheron have joined its North America team as sales directors, covering the Western U.S. and parts of Canada. Fulton, based in White Salmon, Wash., will concentrate on customers based in […]

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TSG Finishing, other local textile firms, tackling labor issue head on

May 17th, 2021

By Devin Steele HICKORY, N.C. – Brian Rosenstein, CEO of TSG Finishing and fifth-generation owner to run the 120-year-old company, called his father Jack last week to ask if he remembers a time during his 50-plus-year career with the firm when a dire labor shortage existed. His father answered no, recalled the younger Rosenstein, who joined the […]

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Kozane joins global campaign against mental health stigma

May 14th, 2021

This month sees communities across the globe raising vital awareness of mental health and campaigning to fight the stigma that often prevents individuals from seeking help. Having worked closely with mental health professionals in both the UK and the US, Kozane® is embracing the opportunity to encourage colleagues, customers, partners and followers to talk about […]

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Enter now: IFAI’s International Achievement Awards

May 13th, 2021

After a year away, the International Achievement Awards (IAA) return for the 75th anniversary of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The awards are an opportunity for you to showcase your technical skills and talents to the entire industry. The International Achievement Awards is an annual competition that recognizes and promotes awareness […]

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Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10th, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won't want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end […]

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