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Now it's science (dinosaurs! space! anatomy!), history, environmentalism, feminism & politics, LGBT*QIA stuff, occasional stupid gifs, and some art / design / architecture / photos, too, of course.
It is easy for me to see how these are all related/intersecting in some way, so therefore it belongs all together on one tumbleblog, anyways.
Last year, we heard about the first article of Catalytic Clothing, an experimental dress that pulls pollutants out of the atmosphere. Now the technology is moving along to the point where it could be used as a liquid laundry additive and become part of our regular clothes washing chores.
According to a release from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the U.K., “Within just two years, we could all be wearing clothes that purify the air as we simply move around in them.”
The CatClo laundry additive is moving toward commercialization. The substance contains nanoparticles of titanium dioxide that cling to fabrics. It reacts to nitrogen oxides, oxidizing them in the fabric. It is estimated that one person wearing CatClo-treated clothes could remove enough polluntants from the air to counter the nitrogen oxides produced by a family car.
CatClo is the result of a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion. Getting scientists and fashion designers together almost guarantees something interesting will happen.
It turns out CatClo works particularly well with denim, so some day soon you may be sporting acid-washed anti-acid-rain jeans.
"It is estimated that one person wearing CatClo-treated clothes could remove enough polluntants from the air to counter the nitrogen oxides produced by a family car…." for a year? A day? I wish they’d given some specific figures there…. :/