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February 26, 2017


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Lab-grown leather and spider silks? This is sustainable fashion Technology is serving as a positive force for change in the fashion industry, to reduce environmental pollution. The fashion industry accounts for ten per cent of global carbon emissions, uses a quarter of chemicals produced worldwide each year, and falls just behind agriculture in the amount of water it consumes. Read more… Chance meeting leads to creation of antibiotic spider silk After five years' work an interdisciplinary team of scientists at The University of Nottingham has developed a technique to produce chemically functionalised spider silk that can be tailored to applications used in drug delivery, regenerative medicine and wound healing. Read more…
Nanotechnology bandage speeds up healing The bandage is particularly helpful for diabetics because the dressing releases a natural chemical diabetics don't produce enough of, but is crucial for body repair. Read more… Pantone Picks Color of the Year 2017 “Greenery,” described as a “zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew,” is Pantone’s color pick for 2017. Read more…
Unraveling children's pain with the touch of textiles Wendy Golden-Levitt describes very her work as a child therapist, where she uses textiles much as others might use toys in a play therapy context. The textiles used are personally selected, come from all parts of the world, and they are handmade. They are not chosen for their superiority in weave, texture, or softness, but for their potential to assist a child to surrender his pain. Read more… How Denim Is Made: Fabric Finishes Discover Why Almost All Denim Is ‘Finished’ and Learn What Each of the Fabric Finishes Does Read more…
Spinning spider silk is now possible Spider silk is an attractive material - it is well tolerated when implanted in tissues, it is light-weight but stronger than steel, and it is also biodegradable. Read more… This Company Wants to Convert Used Clothing Into Fuel Working on a technique that extracts polyester fibers from clothing through multiple distillation and vaporization cycles. Read more…
North Carolina State Wins Grant for Textile Weaving Innovation The Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced NC State as one of this year’s Innovation Fund grant recipients for their innovation in improving textile weaving efficiency. The 2016 round of grants are focused on innovations in textile manufacturing processes. Read more… The next frontier in medical sensing: Threads coated in nanomaterials Cotton and other conventional threads are dipped into liquids containing different nanomaterials, and rapidly dried. Depending on the properties of the nano material, the thread can be used to monitor mechanical or chemical activity. Read more…
Cotton coated in graphene-based ink may support a sustainable, cheap wearable The cheap, sustainable technology could find applications from healthcare to sportswear. Read more… Microbial Dresses and a Dishcloth that tells you it’s Time to Wash it From microbial fashion to a fabric that changes colors in the presence of pathogens, Aniela Hoitink, an artist based in Amsterdam, that specializes in incorporating microbiology into textiles, is exploring the many benefits and applications of combining microbiology and textiles. Read more…

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