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New textile technology

New textile technology

Microwaves aid textile recycling LEEDS – Innovative new textile technology, which uses microwaveable yarns to allow clothes to be quickly disassembled, aims to boost textiles sustainability, give cost savings and improve the overall end-of-life performance of garments. The new ‘Wear2’ technology is a newly developed type of yarn, which is bonded into clothing seams and on items such as...

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Energy from water vapor

Energy from water vapor

New material harvests energy from water vapor Polymer film could be used in artificial muscle and to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices. MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down....

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Carbon capture systems

Carbon capture systems

Carbon Sponge could soak up coal emissions Feb. 11, 2013 — Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. n a study published Feb. 11 in Angewandte Chemie, Monash University and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal...

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Puma’s Closed-loop collection

Puma’s Closed-loop collection

Germany: Puma launches first closed-loop collection Puma has launched its first closed-loop collection of footwear, apparel and accessories called InCycle, which has earned the Cradle to Cradle Certified Basic certification. It said products in the range are either entirely biodegradable or recyclable. The range includes a t-shirt and lifestyle sneaker, which are both biodegradable. The Basket...

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Loss of arctic sea ice

Loss of arctic sea ice

Cryosat reveals major loss of arctic sea ice 13 February 2013 – An international team of scientists using new measurements from ESA’s ice mission has discovered that the volume of Arctic sea ice has declined by 36% during autumn and 9% during winter between 2003 and 2012. Satellite records show a constant downward trend in the area covered by Arctic sea ice during all seasons, but in...

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Liquid Repellent Material

Liquid Repellent Material

Michigan University Invents Material that Most Liquids Won’t Wet Michigan, United States – A nanoscale coating that’s at least 95 percent air repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, causing them to bounce off the treated surface, according to the University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed it. In addition to super stain-resistant clothes, the...

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New Recombinant Spider Silks

New Recombinant Spider Silks

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Announces the Creation of New Recombinant Spider Silks The New Spider Silks, Which Have an Unusual Red Cast and Were Designed for Superior Strength Are Collectively Designated by the Company as “Big Red” LANSING, Mich., Jan 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) — Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB:KBLB) (the “Company” or...

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Supermaterial is a reality

Supermaterial is a reality

Scientists make supermaterial a reality It’s been a long time coming, but scientists are at the cusp of realizing the dream of carbon nanotubes. What’s the dream? A low-weight material that’s as strong as steel, as electrically conductive as copper and conducts heat like metal. It’s like Spidey silk, only better. Such a material would open up a new realm of engineering properties, for...

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Medical Textiles

Medical Textiles

Medical Textiles: How Smart Do They Have To Be? Embedding new and novel technologies into textiles or engineered materials provides opportunities for more dynamically active and responsive products. Vicki A. Barbur, Ph.D. Within any specific market, a number of trends and influencing factors are catalysts for changing needs and higher performance requirements. The medical field is no exception...

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Getting Water from Air

Getting Water from Air

Scientists Follow Desert Beetle to Develop Self-Filling Bottle that Harvests Water from Air Would you believe it when we say there are nearly four quadrillion gallons of water in the air around us? Scientists have long been trying to develop an advanced technology that will allow them to harvest this atmospheric water as a new supply. Now a company called NBD Nano has developed a new technology...

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Petrol from air an update

Petrol from air an update

Petrol from air an update After the positive coverage following the recent IMechE CO2 air capture conference and the features on the front page of the Independent we have been inundated here at AFS with requests for media interviews and comments from social media forums. We have seen coverage across the world from leading national media including specialist scientific and engineering...

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Encapsil™ Down

Encapsil™ Down

Patagonia to launch Encapsil water-repellent down technology March 1, 2013 and announces 15% equity stake in Aeonclad Coatings VENTURA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of core outdoor, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories, announced today the impending launch of its Encapsil™ water-repellent down technology. In...

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‘Nanoflowers’ for Energy

‘Nanoflowers’ for Energy

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created flower-like structures out of germanium sulfide (GeS) – a semiconductor material – that have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The GeS flower holds promise for next-generation energy storage devices and solar cells. “Creating these GeS nanoflowers is exciting because it gives us a huge surface area in a small...

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ColorZen™ the power of less

ColorZen™ the power of less

Low Salt Diet At last month’s Continuum show in New York, a new way to dye cotton fabrics was unveiled which claims to eliminate water pollution and vastly reduce water and energy consumption. But what is it? Asks John Mowbray. Colorzen, a technology company based in New York, unveiled what it claims is a revolutionary new environmental way to dye cotton fabrics that uses no salt, or...

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Glaciers Cracking

Glaciers Cracking

Glaciers Cracking in the Presence of Carbon Dioxide ScienceDaily – The well-documented presence of excessive levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is causing global temperatures to rise and glaciers and ice caps to melt. New research, published October 11, in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, has shown that CO2 molecules may be having a more direct...

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New Way to Produce Nylon

New Way to Produce Nylon

In their quest for a cancer cure, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute made a serendipitous discovery — a molecule necessary for cheaper and greener ways to produce nylon.The finding, described in the Sept. 23, 2012, issue of the journal Nature Chemical Biology, arose from an intriguing notion that some of the genetic and chemical changes in cancer tumors might be harnessed for...

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MCDI & Energy Consumption

MCDI & Energy Consumption

Energy consumption and constant current operation in membrane capacitive deionization Membrane capacitive deionization (MCDI) is a water desalination technology based on applying a cell voltage between two oppositely placed porous electrodes sandwiching a spacer channel that transports the water to be desalinated. In the salt removal step, ions are adsorbed at the carbon–water interface within...

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Electricity from wastewater

Electricity from wastewater

Major advance made in generating electricity from wastewater CORVALLIS, Ore. – Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity. The new technology developed at...

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group of over 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index that measures the environmental performance of apparel products. Future...

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Ploughboy Organics

Ploughboy Organics

Ploughboy Organics founder and Chairman of the Board, Suzanne DeVall, has created a break-through technology which transforms the tobacco plant into a renewable source of dyes and fibers for the apparel and home goods industries with the introduction of Avani Dyes from the Earth and Onatah Fibers. This discovery allows non-toxic dyeing to be done on a large-scale commercial level yielding...

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