Tag: clothes

Super clothes

Choosing what to wear in the morning is about to become even harder. Should one choose the bullet-proof blouse, the colour-changing cardigan, or the self-heating sari? Clothing is about to be revolutionized by a slough of new technologies. Imagine, for example, fabric that can change pattern or colour on demand. International Fashion Machines, a small …

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Scientific stain removal

I like to write about the latest discoveries in cosmology and particle physics. But not all scientific research is focused on these frontiers. Some of it is aimed as close as–well, that spot of mustard on your pants. Textile experts at Cornell University have published a pamphlet  with detailed, laboratory-tested instructions on how to remove …

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Dry cleaning

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve wondered something. Somewhere in between the first time I asked myself, “Why is the sky blue?” and the first time I asked myself, “What is the meaning of life?”, I first asked myself, “What the heck is dry cleaning?” The cleaning I knew mostly involved water–lots of …

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