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New Biomimetic Fiber, Inspired by Pine Cones, Keeps You Dryer, Longer

New Biomimetic Fiber, Inspired by Pine Cones, Keeps You Dryer, Longer | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A new textile developed in the UK can make your workout a little less sweaty. Called Inotek, the process amps up textiles’ ability to absorb sweat, in effect pulling it away from the body- leaving you clean and dry. [...] Using the botanical structure of pine cones as a model, the textile mimics the cones’ response to moisture, which opens and closes with higher levels.

As sweat migrates toward the fabric, the fibers in Inotek begin to close like a pine cone, keeping moisture out. To keep the fabric breathing, tiny air pockets open along the surface of the textile as moisture sets in."

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Morpho Butterflies Inspire Dye-Free Colored Fibers-Morphotex

Morpho Butterflies  Inspire Dye-Free Colored Fibers-Morphotex | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Morphotex is the world’s first optical coloring fiber, inspired by the chromogenic principle of Morpho butterflies that inhabit areas along the Amazon in South Africa. Called “living jewels,” the cobalt-blue wings of Morpho butterflies impart vivid color although they have no pigmentation.

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Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization

Get Excited – Spider Silk Finally Looks Ready for Commercialization | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Materials scientists have been eyeing spider silk as a potential supermaterial for years, but the stuff is notoriously difficult to produce in quantities. Now, recent breakthroughs in the production of synthetic spider silk could see this remarkable substance commercialized, and publicly available, sooner than expected.
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