Imagine clothing that stretches or shrinks to fit you

Estelle Sidler

Imagine clothing that stretches or shrinks to fit you

As everyone who has painstakingly straightened their hair knows, water is the enemy. Hair carefully straightened by heat will bounce back into curls the minute it touches water. Why? Because hair has shape memory. Its material properties allow it to change shape in response to certain stimuli and return to its original shape in response to others.

What if other materials, especially textiles, had this type of shape memory? Imagine a T-shirt with cooling vents that opened when exposed to moisture and closed when dry, or one-size-fits-all clothing that stretches or shrinks to a person’s measurements.

Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a biocompatible material that can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory. The material is made using keratin, a fibrous protein found in hair, nails, and shells. The researchers extracted the keratin from

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Amid Pandemic, Data Center Alley Going Strong

Estelle Sidler

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, schools and social circles have all gone online, which has meant unprecedented demand at the heart of the internet in Ashburn.

Loudoun’s data centers, already a fast-growing market, have seen a surge of demand as society has scrambled to replace in-person activities with virtual alternatives. Long an important part of the county government’s budget, they have also been a bright spot as other sources of local tax revenues have fallen. Assistant Director of Management and Budget Caleb Weitz told county supervisors in July that the tax on computer equipment inside data centers accounts for nearly $395 million in the current fiscal year’s $1.7 billion in local tax revenues, and that revenue could grow by another $200 million next year. Replacing all the revenues from data centers in this year’s budget with real estate taxes would require raising the current $1.035 tax rate by more than

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Swift Tech Buy Announces Expansion of Gadgets for Trade-In – Press Release

Estelle Sidler

From trading mobile phones, this company now accepts video game consoles, smartwatches, and laptops

Today, more people find themselves stacking up old or broken gadgets, like mobile phones. This happens especially when tech companies release upgraded devices and people are quick to buy the latest ones out in the market. While other people may repurpose or recycle their gadgets, some may sell it online for some extra cash. Swift Tech Buy, a gadget trade-in platform, helps people trade in their old or broken devices for cash.

“Swift Tech Buy is offering consumers a secure way to trade in their unwanted electronics,” said Ahmed Bagoun, the company’s founder. Bagoun added that they plan to add more devices to the company’s buyback catalog in the next few weeks.

Swift Tech Buy adds videogame consoles, smartwatches, and laptops in the list of devices it accepts for trade-in.

The company accepts phones that are

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Telenor Connexion now at Amazon Web Services Marketplace

Estelle Sidler

As from today, September 17, Telenor Connexion’s global managed connectivity solution for mobile IoT can be found at Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. 

AWS Marketplace is a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from qualified independent software vendors. Enterprises from around the world can find, test, buy and deploy software solutions within days.

Telenor Connexion introduce its managed connectivity solution at AWS Marketplace, whichenables products to connect globally and access over 400 networks in 200 countries.

For 20 years this solution has been developed to enable global industry leaders, such as Volvo, Scania, Hitachi and Husqvarna to scale their fleets of connected products internationally. Accessing multiple connectivity options, the solution allows cost efficient access and management of millions of connections alongside industrial grade security and support. This collaboration with AWS Marketplace and Ericsson enables Telenor Connexion for the first time, to make industrial grade managed IoT connectivity services available

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