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U.S. Air Force chooses Pvilion
solar-powered structures

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olar-powered fabric provider Pvilion, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been
awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract by the U.S.
Air Force (USAF) to continue its development of rapidly deployable, solar-powered
structures. The USAF evaluated the products the company presented for cost,
complexity, sustainability, required manual labor and energy independence, all
with the goal of maximizing mission-objective readiness. According to Pvilion,
its solar technology is significantly lighter and more adaptable than traditional
solar options, and it's integrated entirely into a system already being installed,
such as a tent, shade canopy or hangar. With fully integrated photovoltaic fabric
panels, the company's structures provide power, shelter, lighting and climate
control. Photo: Pvilion.

Wearable device
camouflages body heat

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research team with the University of
California San Diego has developed a
wearable technology that can block heatdetecting sensors such as night vision
goggles, even when the ambient temperature
changes-a feat that current technology can't
match. The device, which is at the proof-ofconcept stage, has a surface that quickly cools
down or heats up to match ambient temperatures, camouflaging the wearer's
body heat, while the inside remains at the same temperature as human skin. The
wireless device can be embedded into fabric and, as the technology is improved,
could eventually be incorporated into a whole jacket. The researchers detailed their
work in Advanced Functional Materials. Photo: University of California San Diego.

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DECOMPOSING
T-SHIRT

ech-based clothing company
Vollebak has launched a T-shirt
made entirely from wood pulp and
algae. The company, based in the U.K.,
says the shirt will break down in soil or
a composter within three months. The
wood is first chipped and pulped. It is
then turned into fiber, then yarn, and
finally into fabric for the shirt. Instead
of using dye, the shirt maintains the raw
color of the tree pulp. The carotenoids
and chlorophylls in algae may add reds,
oranges, bright blues and purples to
other garments. The natural pigments
within algae oxidize, which means the
shirt changes color and fades over time.
Photo: Vollebak.

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