When sportswear helps break records

Dec 27, 2019
Sportswear companies risk upsetting fans if their innovations help athletes break records, said author Kassia St. Clair.
Swimmers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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The story behind the spacesuits that got us to the moon

Dec 25, 2019
Spoiler alert: It features a clash between NASA and Playtex, the women's underwear company.
Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walked on the moon on July 20, 1969 wearing a 21-layer spacesuit.
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Did NAFTA cost or create jobs? Both

Mar 22, 2017
It's hard to assess the trade deal's impact. But that doesn't stop anyone from trying.
Economists estimate that NAFTA has raised U.S. GDP by one half to one percentage point. Above, President Donald Trump, who campaigned on keeping jobs in the U.S., speaks to autoworkers in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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'Back to the Future's' self-drying coat? Not yet.

Feb 12, 2015
We don't have Marty Mcfly's fly jacket, but we do have some incredible fabrics.

Cotton is so yesterday. Army searches for technologically advanced fabric

Aug 2, 2011
According to Wired magazine, the Army is in the market for fabric that can change with temperature. "This 'environmentally responsive' material...