Ivor O’Connor

November 27, 2008

New Swimsuit Material?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:53 pm

A “New Scientist” article discusses a nanotech fabric that “never gets wet”. I thought nanotechnology was determined to be highly carcinogenic. Yet they want to make swimsuit fabric out of this? It reminds me of the irradiated watches that could be read in the dark along with the irradiated diamonds that sparkled without constant cleaning. How long will they push nano stuff that can be inhaled or touched before people learn?

Is it possible at some point in the near future we’ll see rules put into place stating swimmers attempting to set world records or compete in races must do so in the buff? No more high tech swim suits! Is this too much to ask for? To level the playing field so new world record holders get their titles based on something else rather than a rad new nano fabric that might give them terminal cancer 10 years down the road? I suspect as long as we have a two party system with both parties owned by the lobbyists we’ll never have any common sense solutions.

We probably have to rid ourselves of the religious zealots too. They seem responsible for the skin taboos and, as a side-effect, all the perverts causing trouble. America is the only non third world country that is slipping back into religion as the decades progress. So I doubt we’ll rid ourselves of the zealots anytime soon.

So here is the article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16126-nanotech-clothing-fabric-never-gets-wet.html

If you were to soak even your best raincoat underwater for two months it would be wet through at the end of the experience. But a new waterproof material developed by Swiss chemists would be as dry as the day it went in.

Lead researcher Stefan Seeger at the University of Zurich says the fabric, made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments, is the most water-repellent clothing-appropriate material ever created.

Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric (see image, right) and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles. A jet of water bounces off the fabric without leaving a trace (see second image).


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