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Nanowires for Keeping People Warm

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 08:22AM

Depending on where you live, it could be quite cold outside currently, so naturally you are doing what you can to keep warm. A fairly common solution is to heat homes and buildings more, even when no one is there, so it will be warm when someone enters the space. While this solution works, one group of researchers has developed a new approach that looks to keep people warm, instead of places.

As reported in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters, the researchers have created breathable mesh materials that do a better job at trapping body heat than normal clothing does. Luckily these materials are flexible enough that they could be coated onto clothes, and there is another plus from them being made of nanowires. If connected to an electricity source, the mesh can actively warm the person wearing them.

The researchers say this could make a significant dent in energy consumption, potentially saving 1000 kilowatt hours per person each year.

Source: American Chemical Society

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WarWeeny on January 8, 2015 02:13PM
Probably will never see the day of light with the corrupt government and different companies losing money if this were to be released.

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