Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton

Chemical flame retardants can make us safer by preventing or slowing fires, but they’re linked to a range of unsettling health effects. To get around that concern, researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have bred a new population of cotton that can self-extinguish after encountering a flame. The team of scientists from the USDA’s Read more about Researchers Breed Naturally Flame-Resistant Cotton[…]

Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift

The team, from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), created a 3D-printable material that can be “pre-programmed with reversible shape memory.” The wool-like material can remember old forms and morph back into those, or transform into different shapes when a certain stimulus is applied. It’s made using keratin extracted from Read more about Harvard created a wool-like 3D-printable material that can shape shift[…]

Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death

Breathing sensors built into romper suits could help prevent sudden cot deaths in the future. The basis for this is a stretchable printed circuit board that fits to the contours of the body and can be manufactured using routine industrial processes. Read more at: Romper suit to protect against sudden infant death.

Airhead – stop helmet hair

‘Hemet hair’ is a condition caused by high humidity ironing of the hair under a compressive helmet. The Airhead increases air ventilation to reduce perspiration while creating air space for the hair. The Airhead is easy to fit, anti-static, anti-bacterial and non-allergenic. The new Airhead comes in many different colours and styles to suit your Read more about Airhead – stop helmet hair[…]

Computer Engineer Barbie

Yup, it finally happened, Barbie® I Can Be…™ dolls and accessories empower girls to play out different roles and “try on” fabulous careers, including computer engineer, the first Barbie® profession chosen by popular vote! Always a reflection of the times, this digital diva engineers the perfect geek-chic look, with hot pink accessories and sleek gadgets Read more about Computer Engineer Barbie[…]