Tuesday, January 09, 2007
"Scientists working for the US Air Force have already produced T-shirts and underwear that can be worn for weeks at a time without washing, and the technology has now been licensed to a London company, Alexium, to develop for civilian applications...
While it will not quite make the washing machine redundant, treated clothing needs to be washed far less often and is easier to clean when finally laundered...
The technology uses microwaves to fix microscopic nanoparticles permanently to the fibres of clothing. These nanoparticles can then have a range of chemical properties attached to them to produce a surface impenetrable to water and able to kill bacteria.
Over time, the effectiveness of the coating falls as the active chemicals are knocked off, but the scientists claim it can be restored by soaking the material in a fresh solution of the same chemicals"
All I can say to that is...wow-a-wee-wa
full article here
Posted by Ed at 9:12 AM