Smarter clothing, not with wires and microprocessors, but with engineered fabrics. Work on the thermal characteristics of textiles. It's a distance away .. it has to work, be inexpensive, comfortable and attractive - a tall order to fill.
Radiative human body cooling by nanoporous polyethylene textile
Po-Chun Hsu,1 Alex Y. Song,2 Peter B. Catrysse,2 Chong Liu,1 Yucan Peng,1 Jin Xie,1 Shanhui Fan,2 Yi Cui1,3*
Thermal management through personal heating and cooling is a strategy by which to expand indoor temperature setpoint range for large energy saving. We show that nanoporous polyethylene (nanoPE) is transparent to mid-infrared human body radiation but opaque to visible light because of the pore size distribution (50 to 1000 nanometers). We processed the material to develop a textile that promotes effective radiative cooling while still having sufficient air permeability, water-wicking rate, and mechanical strength for wearability. We developed a device to simulate skin temperature that shows temperatures 2.7° and 2.0°C lower when covered with nanoPE cloth and with processed nanoPE cloth, respectively, than when covered with cotton. Our processed nanoPE is an effective and scalable textile for personal thermal management.
Also Blanche Davis, my (step) mother-in-law, passed at 101 and 9 months. A long and remarkable life. She kept her faculties nearly until the end. There aren't many who were born before women got the vote in the US.
A whole mitochondria analysis of the Tyrolean Iceman’s leather provides insights into the animal sources of Copper Age clothing
Niall J. O’Sullivan, Matthew D. Teasdale, Valeria Mattiangeli, Frank Maixner, Ron Pinhasi, Daniel G. Bradley & Albert Zink
Abstract The attire of the Tyrolean Iceman, a 5,300-year-old natural mummy from the Ötzal Italian Alps, provides a surviving example of ancient manufacturing technologies. Research into his garments has however, been limited by ambiguity surrounding their source species. Here we present a targeted enrichment and sequencing of full mitochondrial genomes sampled from his clothes and quiver, which elucidates the species of production for nine fragments. Results indicate that the majority of the samples originate from domestic ungulate species (cattle, sheep and goat), whose recovered haplogroups are now at high frequency in today’s domestic populations. Intriguingly, the hat and quiver samples were produced from wild species, brown bear and roe deer respectively. Combined, these results suggest that Copper Age populations made considered choices of clothing material from both the wild and domestic populations available to them. Moreover, these results show the potential for the recovery of complete mitochondrial genomes from degraded prehistoric artefacts.
The concept of "universal design," which posits that designing for the underserved leads to better products for everyone, is a core tenet of Open Style lab's curriculum. Grace Jun, the education director for the lab, says that for every product the fellows develop, they're encouraged to think not only about how it meets the needs of people with a certain disability, but also the potential for it to be adapted to mass market.
Last year, for example, one team developed the Rayn Jacket for their client Ryan DeRoche, who uses a wheelchair after a bike accident left him with a paralyzing spinal cord injury. The weatherproof jacket includes a pouch that doubles as a lap cover—just as useful to bikers in the rain as it is to wheelchair users. The jacket was picked up by the San Francisco-based Betabrand, and is now sold through its online store.
Clearance is too low (about seven feet) for most cities, moving passengers on and off doesn't appear to be worked out yet. Technically it isn't a bus, but more of a light rail system. Variations of it may just work.