19 Jun '13, 6pm
UC Davis scientists have developed a water-repellent fabric that drains away sweat like a boss
Summer heat waves are around the corner, and so to are baskets of sweaty, smelly laundry . Scientists at UC Davis have invented a fabric that may help to combat the perspiration problem with a new fabric that acts in a similar fashion to human skin. Excess moisture forms itself into droplets and drain away along the material. The textile consists of a microfluidic platform that uses water attracting threads stitched into a water repellent fabric. The researchers were able to collect water via the threads on one side of the fabric and move them along to the other side, expelling the moisture.