Watering the Air
Keeping Bugs Away from Food
Getting the dirt on carbon
Salamanders and Newts
Sea Giants and Island Pygmies
Young Ants in the Kitchen
Big Squid
Lost Sight, Found Sound
Brainy bees know two from three
From dipping to fishing
Blue Jays
Chemistry and Materials
A New Basketball Gets Slick
The science of disappearing
Batteries built by Viruses
Troubles with Hubble
The solar system's biggest junkyard
Graphene's superstrength
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Supersight for a Dino King
Fossil Forests
Ferocious Growth Spurts
E Learning Jamaica
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Giving Sharks Safe Homes
Bugs with Gas
Deep Drilling at Sea
Swimming with Sharks and Stingrays
Nanosponges Soak Up Pollutants
To Catch a Dragonfly
Finding the Past
Fakes in the museum
Writing on eggshells
Stone Tablet May Solve Maya Mystery
Electric Ray
Mako Sharks
Food and Nutrition
Chew for Health
Recipe for Health
Healing Honey
GSAT English Rules
Problems with Prepositions
Order of Adjectives
Subject and Verb Agreement
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
Mastering The GSAT Exam
Tarrant High overcoming the odds
March 21-22, 2013: Over 43,000 students will take the GSAT Exam
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
Access denied - Disabled boy aces GSAT
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Scholarship
GSAT Mathematics
It's a Math World for Animals
Losing with Heads or Tails
Setting a Prime Number Record
Human Body
Germ Zapper
A Better Flu Shot
Running with Sneaker Science
Sea Urchin
Prairie Dogs
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
How children learn
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
Powering Ball Lightning
Extra Strings for New Sounds
Gaining a Swift Lift
Fastest Plant on Earth
Fast-flying fungal spores
Flower family knows its roots
Garter Snakes
Space and Astronomy
A Dead Star's Dusty Ring
Saturn's Spongy Moon
Planning for Mars
Technology and Engineering
Space Umbrellas to Shield Earth
A Micro-Dose of Your Own Medicine
Supersuits for Superheroes
The Parts of Speech
Problems with Prepositions
What is a Preposition?
Adjectives and Adverbs
Robots on the Road, Again
Troubles with Hubble
Reach for the Sky
Polar Ice Feels the Heat
Watering the Air
Earth's Poles in Peril
Add your Article

Spinning Clay into Cotton

You're probably not allowed to wear your pajamas when you play in the dirt. Someday, though, the clothes you wear to bed may be made partly out of clay.Before you go to bed tonight, read the label in your pajamas. Chances are, you'll find that they're not made of cotton. The problem is that cotton burns easily. Parents don't want to dress their kids in pajamas that can catch fire. But most people like to wear cotton clothes. Cotton is soft and feels good on your skin. Air flows through it easily, which helps keep you cool when the weather is warm. Now, researchers from the Agricultural Research Service's Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans may have found a way to use clay to make cotton more resistant to heat. The scientists dissolved tiny bits of cotton in a liquid and added microscopic particles of clay. Then, they spun fibers out of the solution that were 93 percent cotton and 7 percent clay. Tests in a special heat chamber showed that the clay-enhanced cotton was more resistant to heat than untreated cotton. When heated, the treated fibers formed a layer of char on their surfaces. In a fire, the char coating would keep oxygen out of the fibers. Without oxygen, flames can't erupt. The researchers are now starting to weave cloth from their clay-cotton fibers. They can then test the new material to see if it's less flammable than ordinary cotton cloth. Watch out. Clay-boosted pajamas may someday be headed to your slumber party!E. Sohn

Spinning Clay into Cotton
Spinning Clay into Cotton

Designed and Powered by™