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Smart Shirt Keeps Tabs on the Heart

Smart Shirt Keeps Tabs on the Heart

Researchers in the US have developed conductive nanotube fibers that, when woven into clothing, monitor the heart rate of the wearer. The researchers sewed nanotube fibres into athletic wear to monitor the heart rate and take a continual electrocardiogram (ECG) of the...

Nanotube Yarn Makes Strong Bionic Muscles

Nanotube Yarn Makes Strong Bionic Muscles

What’s just a bit thicker than a human hair and has ten times the capability of a human muscle? Polymer-coated carbon nanotube yarn. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas created this yarn using carbon nanotubes coated with a polymer and coiled with a...

US Army-funded smart fabric collects dust on ISS

US Army-funded smart fabric collects dust on ISS

Researchers at the Army’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT have developed an acoustic fabric so sensitive to vibrations that it can detect impacts from microscopic high-velocity space particles. A more earthly application of these fabrics could be for...