28 Jan '13, 7pm

Engineering Textiles to Keep Us Healthier and Happier

Susan Hassler: Here’s a question for you. How much would you pay for a T-shirt that keeps you from getting sick? Or how about a pair of pants that you never have to wash? Those are the kinds of questions we could be asking in the year 2030. The field of textile engineering is combining some of the oldest technologies—like weaving and sewing, with the newest advances in nanotechnology. Mia Lobel has more. Mia Lobel: From the moment men and women first covered themselves with loincloths, fibers have been an integral part of our lives. Juan Hinestroza: Well, fibers are the ultimate engineering material. In fact, the first engineering material that was developed were fibers for humans. Mia Lobel: Juan Hinestroza is an associate professor of fiber science and director of the Textiles Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University in New York. Juan Hinestroza: …from the time you wake ...

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