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Bendable solar panels

Bendable solar panels

Australian Researchers 3D Print Bendable Solar Panels Australian researchers from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation have found a way to create huge but extremely light and bendable solar panels. The A3-sized panels are created by placing a fluid photovoltaic or pv ink onto slim, bendable plastic. This could mean that in the near future everyone has the capability to...

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A novel grass hybrid

A novel grass hybrid

A novel grass hybrid to reduce flood generation in temperate regions We report on the evaluation of a novel grass hybrid that provides efficient forage production and could help mitigate flooding. Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is the grass species of choice for most farmers, but lacks resilience against extremes of climate. We hybridised L. perenne onto a closely related and more...

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Carbon dioxide levels

Carbon dioxide levels

Global carbon dioxide levels near worrisome milestone Concentrations of greenhouse gas will soon surpass 400 parts per million at sentinel spot. Near the moonscape summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, an infrared analyser will soon make history. Sometime in the next month, it is expected to record a daily concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of more than 400 parts per million...

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Electronic textiles

Electronic textiles

Electronic textiles may replace wardrobe very soon Electronic textiles or smart textiles could replace the wardrobe collection in future with hi-tech clothing which will provide sensor enabled solutions to the wearer. Speaking to fibre2fashion, cofounder & CEO of Heapsylon LLC, Mr. Davide Vigano said, “We believe that in the near future each piece of clothing will become...

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Suits blocks harmful waves

Suits blocks harmful waves

Suit blocks potentially harmful waves from cell phones Smuggler, a fashion brand from France, has developed a men’s suit which blocks electromagnetic waves from cell phones and wifi points. The increase in number of people owning cell phones and wireless broadband connections is good news for global communication but there are concerns that the electromagnetic waves involved could be harmful...

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Avoiding biodiversity loss

Avoiding biodiversity loss

Quantifying the benefit of early climate change mitigation in avoiding biodiversity loss Climate change is expected to have significant influences on terrestrial biodiversity at all system levels, including species-level reductions in range size and abundance, especially amongst endemic species1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. However, little is known about how mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions could reduce...

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New wool dyeing process

New wool dyeing process

AgResearch and BGI Developments announce agreement to commercialise revolutionary new wool dyeing process A revolutionary new dyeing process developed by AgResearch, allowing vibrant colouring of wool fabrics which will earn New Zealand millions of dollars is about to be commercialised by a New Zealand based company. BGI Developments has signed an agreement with AgResearch which will lead to, for...

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Biodegradable nappies

Biodegradable nappies

Biodegradable nonwovens can be manufactured cost-effectively using a method developed by VTT VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a process that enables recycled paper and cardboard to be used as a raw material for nonwovens. Hygiene and home care products, such as nappies, sanitary towels and cleaning cloths, are among the many items that can be manufactured from the...

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Tecnalia designs smart textile

Tecnalia designs smart textile

Tecnalia designs smart textile that adopt different shapes The Centre for Applied Research Tecnalia Research & Innovation has through its FIK initiative designed Varstiff, a smart textile material that can adopt different shapes; when vacuum is applied to it, it turns rigid once again and achieves hardness equivalent to that of a conventional plastic. The material reverts to its flexible...

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High power micro batteries

High power micro batteries

Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery – and then recharge the phone in the blink of an...

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‘Waste to wear’ initiative

‘Waste to wear’ initiative

‘Waste to Wear’ initiative launched to clean up seas Aquafil, a global manufacturer of polyamide 6; ECNC Land & Sea Group, a leading European Expertise Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainability; and Star Sock, a leading development and production partner for socks in the Netherlands; have established the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative. The main objective of...

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Dye cotton by indigo

Dye cotton by indigo

A promising route to dye cotton by indigo with an ecological exhaustion process: A dyeing process optimization based on a response surface methodology The present paper investigates a non conventional but eco-friendly exhaust dyeing process of cotton with indigo. During this process, indigo was converted to its water-soluble leuco form by a green reducing agent: the glucose, in presence of alkali...

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CNR glass chip

CNR glass chip

A micro-laboratory inside a glass chip The smallest “laboratory” able to simulate complex quantum physical phenomena lies inside a glass chip. This was created by a group of researchers from the Sapienza Physics Department, the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (Ifn-Cnr) and the Politecnico di Milano.The device, which uses photons to send data, is one of the first steps towards the...

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Bio-Adsorbents

Bio-Adsorbents

Iranian Researchers Produce a Bio-Adsorbent with Very High Performance for the Removal of Dye from Textile Wastewater Tehran, Iran – Iranian researchers produced a bio-adsorbent with very high performance for the removal of dye from textile wastewater.Iranian researchers at Amir Kabir University of Technology and Institute for Color Science and Technology produced a bio-adsorbent with very high...

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Wet-strong Printing Paper

Wet-strong Printing Paper

Eco-friendly wet-strong printing paper made 100% with recycled polyester derived from used PET bottles Teijin Limited has developed a water-resistant, wet-strong printing paper made entirely with the company’s ECOPET recycled polyester fiber derived from used PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. As a polyester material, the printing paper is highly water resistant compared to...

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Wireless recharging systems

Wireless recharging systems

Stretchable batteries with self-similar serpentine interconnects and integrated wireless recharging systems An important trend in electronics involves the development of materials, mechanical designs and manufacturing strategies that enable the use of unconventional substrates, such as polymer films, metal foils, paper sheets or rubber slabs. The last possibility is particularly challenging...

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Swedish textile event

Swedish textile event

Political talks light up Swedish textile event STOCKHOLM – At a meeting hosted by the Sustainable Fashion Academy, stakeholders in the Nordic sustainable fashion sector, and UK representatives, called on Sweden’s Environment Minister – who was present at the event – to develop an environmental profit and loss account for the textiles sector among three Nordic countries; as the Minister...

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Textile dyer cleans up its act

Textile dyer cleans up its act

Chinese textile dyer cleans up its act GUANGDONG – Circular knitter YuenShing Textiles, which has dyeing operations in China and supplies apparel retailers such as Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger, adidas, La Senza and Li Ning has been given a clean bill of health after the company appeared on the pollution index for pumping noxious fumes into the air. Hong Kong headquartered YuenShing, which has an...

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Biodegradable textiles test

Biodegradable textiles test

BÖNNIGHEIM – Scientists in Germany claim to have developed unique laboratory tests, which when combined with traditional testing, replicate the decomposition of textiles in soil to allow retailers, textile chemical suppliers and recycling companies to accurately determine the environmental impact of fabrics going into landfill. Irrespective of their fibre composition, all textiles will...

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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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