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November 14, 2011

The future will be woven.

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Published on November 14, 2011 20:21 • 109 views

November 11, 2011

This season Chalayan collaborated with The Creators Project on the SS12 Show in Paris. The Creators Project documented the process, here is the trailer of the documentary.

Anything with Hussein Chalayan is worth checking out.

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Published on November 11, 2011 20:19 • 53 views

November 1, 2011

Smarter, more functional clothing incorporating electronics may be possible in the near future, according to a study co-authored by Cornell fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza.

Hinestroza, associate professor of fiber science, was part of an international team that developed transistors using natural cotton fibers.

"Creating transistors from cotton fibers brings a new perspective to the seamless integration of electronics and textiles, enabling the creation of wearable electronic devices," Hinestroza said.

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Pretty cool stuff. But I feel some concern about the Jockey people electrifying my shorts.

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Published on November 01, 2011 02:26 • 64 views

October 24, 2011

Armor, is a handbag that transforms into a couture gas mask in case of a bio-terror attack.

Parsons' students Alvaro Soto, John Paul Rangel, Justin Blanc take on the subject of how luxury brands can intelligently respond to emergencies or catastrophic events.

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Published on October 24, 2011 22:30 • 58 views

October 23, 2011

People who still rely on public laundromats live in terror of bleach. If one person spills their bleach over a counter, or overloads the machine, an entire wardrobe is wiped out. But someday clothing could be entirely bleach-resistant. It won't be dyed with pigments. It will be dyed with viruses.

Most modern clothing is dyed using a simple system. Pigments are made, either from natural ingredients or during a manufacturing process. The pigments absorb certain types of light, and reflect others. The reflected shades are the pigment's official 'colors'. The clothes are then soaked in, or selectively exposed to, these pigments. They then take on the pigment's light-reflective qualities, and are officially dyed. Bleach breaks the chemical bonds of the pigments, and changes their light-reflective qualities, changing the color of the clothes.

The light absorption and reflection in molecules isn't the only way to change the color of a substance. There are also structural colors. The silver and gold beetles of Costa Rica have exoskeletons of collagen, which is a boring brown in cockroaches. The beetles layer cells of the substance to manipulate incoming lightwaves, causing the surface of beetle to appear to be as shiny as a chromed bumper. This color isn't added with small pieces of pigment, but built into the structure of the substance.

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Via @JPWickwire

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Published on October 23, 2011 13:27 • 104 views

October 10, 2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, illustrations are easily nine thousand.

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Published on October 10, 2011 02:03 • 62 views

September 27, 2011

Jon Armstrong and Chris Moriarty Talk About Magic In Their Magic and Their Writing on If You're Just Joining Us

I didn't mean to take a vacation for more than two weeks, but once I was out of the rhythm of making show, it was much harder to get it back.

Today I recorded with David Anthony Durham for the next!

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Published on September 27, 2011 17:59 • 61 views

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tufts University, Stanford University and the University of California, Irvine has found that the perception of race can be altered by cues to social status as simple as the clothes a person wears.

From ScienceDaily

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Published on September 27, 2011 14:42 • 163 views

September 23, 2011

ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2008) — Watching Keanu Reeves walk along the ledge of a skyscraper and lose his footing in The Matrix can make us skip a heartbeat or sweat, as if we were risking our own life. This sharing of other people's emotions in movies has been shown to depend on the fact that observers the same brain regions are activated in the observers when they feel an emotion and when they see someone else experience a similar emotion.

We all know, however, that reading a book describing the same scene can be similarly gripping. This week, in a paper published in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE, Mbemba Jabbi, Jojanneke Bastiaansen and Christian Keysers show us why.

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Published on September 23, 2011 19:53 • 53 views

September 22, 2011

I am seriously loving the futuristic world it paints of high fashion techno-cities.

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Published on September 22, 2011 20:16 • 64 views