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January 21, 2017

Emotions Trendbook from Nilit Fibers
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… SMART SUTURES Researchers at Tufts University are experimenting with smart thread sutures that could provide electronic feedback to recovering patients. The paper, entitled “A toolkit of thread-based microfluidics, sensors, and electronics for 3D tissue embedding for medical diagnosis”, is fairly academic, but does describe how threads can work as pH sensors, strain gauges, blood sugar monitors, temperature monitors, and more. Read more…
Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet Researchers chemically treated wood pulp nanofibers that flooring is made out of with two differently charged materials, so that when someone walks across the floor, these fibers then interact with one another, similar to static electricity. Read more… High-tech support device casts aside the cast A team of Colorado-based entrepreneurs has developed a 21st century alternative to the plaster cast - the ActivArmor support device, which starts with the patient getting a 3D scan done on the body part in question. Read more…
A New Shirt Can Help Deaf People Feel Music The Sound Shirt shows how useful wearable technology can be. Tech-infused fashion isn’t just about looking good—it can have some groundbreaking uses too, as a company called CuteCircuit is proving. Read more… 2 Easy Ways to Hem Cut-offs Cut-offs don’t have to look sloppy, but you don’t want to spend a bunch of time sprucing them up, because come on–they’re cut-offs! Here are two quick and easy ways to hem cut-offs to tidy them up. Read more…


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