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Microfibers could allow pieces of clothing to track a variety of vital signs

Microfibers could allow pieces of clothing to track a variety of vital signs

Science
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- New research suggests it won't be long before socks or a wristband are tracking a variety of vital signs, from a person's heart rate and blood pressure to their cholesterol levels and circadian rhythms. According to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Applied Physics Reviews, microfibers and nanofibers will make it possible for pieces of clothing to keep tabs on common ailments, such as diabetes, asthma, obesity and high blood pressure. Advertisement Wearable fibers are both sensitive and flexible, capable of being woven into a variety of garments, or even woven directly into a person's skin -- like a tattoo. These fibers can measure blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality, cholesterol levels, oxygen levels and other vital signs. As a population ages, health proble...
How ‘The Emp’s’ clothing empire went from riches to rags

How ‘The Emp’s’ clothing empire went from riches to rags

Business
Even 10 years ago it was impossible to think that Sir Philip Green's retailing career would be ending in the way it appears to be.The tycoon was the undisputed king of the high street, owner of a vast and profitable retail empire that straddled the BHS department store chain and Arcadia, owner of storied fashion chains such as Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins. Image: At its height, his stable of businesses accounted for around 12% of the UK's clothing market His stature was such that Goldman Sachs, one of the most powerful banks in Wall Street and the City, was prepared to back him in an ultimately unsuccessful takeover bid for the once-mighty Marks & Spencer.At its height, his stable of businesses accounted fo...
Man in ‘medieval clothing’ kills two and injures five in Halloween stabbings

Man in ‘medieval clothing’ kills two and injures five in Halloween stabbings

World
Two people have been killed in Quebec City after a stabbing spree by a man dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a bladed weapon on Halloween.Another five victims have been taken to hospital but there was no immediate word on their conditions, Canadian media reports. Police have arrested a man on suspicion of carrying out the attacks in the historic Old Quebec neighbourhood, near Parliament Hill. Image: People have been asked to stay indoors. Pic @JordanRaiden The first calls to police came in around 10.28pm, officers said.The suspect was detained shortly before 1am near the city's Old Port and police are asking those in the area to remain indoors. A possible motive for the attacks was not known. ...
UK DIY sales soar but clothing stores fall behind

UK DIY sales soar but clothing stores fall behind

Business
British retail sales have continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month, boosted by spending on household goods and DIY, according to official figures.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes rose by 0.8% between July and August.Sales are now 4% higher than in February, when a pandemic was declared."Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level," the ONS said. "Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high," said Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the ONS.Spending on household goods was particularly strong in August, with retailers r...
Plug-in hybrids are a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

Plug-in hybrids are a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

Science
Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research.Plug-in hybrid vehicles are powered by an electric motor using a battery that is recharged by being plugged in or via an on-board petrol or diesel engine. They account for 3% of new car sales.But analysis from pressure groups Transport and Environment and Greenpeace suggest they emit an average of 120g of CO2 per km.That compares with the 44g per km in official "lab" testsPlug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are sold as a low-carbon alternative to traditional vehicles and conventional hybrids - which cannot be recharged from an external source - and are proving increasingly popular.The new research is pub...