New fabric heats on one side and cools on the other

September 27, 2021  |  What's New?

Scientists from China’s Zhejiang University and Westlake University have created a jacket out of an experimental, reversible fabric that can both heat and cool the wearer. The multi-layered “Janus textile” consists of a base of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) polymer fiber…
Chronic wound dressing is made from human protein

September 13, 2021  |  What's New?

Customized, biomedically applicable materials based on tropoelastin, a human protein, are being developed in a joint project by Skinomics GmbH from Halle, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. The material combines bi…
Yarn biodegrades for sustainable athletic garments

September 13, 2021  |  What's New?

High-performance cycling apparel brand Sher has chosen Italian fiber manufacturer Fulgar and other textile companies as leading partners in the sector of research and sustainable development, with the goal to reduce waste in raw materials, as well as to reduce overall environmental impact. The …
Scientists 3D print shape-shifting “chainmail” fabric

August 23, 2021  |  What's New?

A new type of shape-shifting technology modeled on ancient chainmail armor has been developed by scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Caltech in the U.S. Described by the researchers as a type of “wearable structured fabric,” the material is able to quickly ch…
New clothing proven effective against mosquito bites

August 23, 2021  |  What's New?

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers have created insecticide-free, mosquito-resistant clothing using textile materials they confirmed to be bite-proof in experiments with live mosquitoes. Using a computational model of their own design, they developed the materials which describes…
Smart glove translates sign language

August 23, 2021  |  What's New?

Wulala Technology Co., a Chinese startup, has found a way to commercialize and mass produce a smart glove that can translate sign language into text or audible speech. The glove is worn on the user’s right hand and is paired via Bluetooth to a subscription-based app for smartphone. It incorpo…
Body-temp camouflage for soldiers shows promise

August 9, 2021  |  What's New?

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a wearable technology that can hide a person from heat-detecting sensors, such as night vision goggles, adapting to temperature changes within minutes. As reported by the UC San Diego news center, the technology uses materials…
Stronger engineered spider silk created

August 9, 2021  |  What's New?

Spider silk is said to be one of the strongest, toughest materials on earth. Now engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have designed amyloid silk hybrid proteins and produced them in engineered bacteria. The resulting fibers are even stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks. To …
Ultrasound patch could detect heart attack or stroke danger

August 9, 2021  |  What's New?

A skin patch that sends ultrasound pulses into the wearer’s body has been developed that could offer an early warning system for cardiovascular problems. It is generally accepted that the earlier someone receives care for a heart attack or stroke, the better the chances for recovery.  Newatla…
Biodegradable patch could help heal broken bones

July 26, 2021  |  What's New?

Scientists have studied the use of electricity in healing wounds, including bone fractures, but as that requires surgically implanting and removing electrodes powered by an external source, a better means of delivering electricity to bones was needed. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madi…