Climate Control Synthetic Yarn Clothing Developed at Maryland Varsity
How often we have to remove our clothes when the climate is too hot or add more clothes when it is too cold? An innovative fabric developed by scientists may help you remain comfortable irrespective of the climatic conditions.
The new fabric made from synthetic yarn by YuHuang Wang and Ouyang Min of University of Maryland is capable of adjusting to the heat conditions prevailing in the atmosphere. When it is cold outside it traps heat inside while it is hot it releases heat thereby giving a comfortable feel to the user.
The yarn has a conductive metal coating. When there is too much heat, the coating metal is activated which prevents infrared rays from entering. This phenomenon is called ‘gating’ of infrared radiation. The gating mechanism opens when cold temperature prevails outside to allow heat to flow inside. Human body is a perfect radiator but our clothes prevent heat from escaping or allowing heat to enter when required.
The base fiber for making the cloth is available and carbon nanotubes or metals can be added at the dyeing stage.This wonder textile that is yet to be commercialised will have wide ranging applications in sports, daily wear, casual and formal wear.
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Religious Parents Have Better Adjusted Children but Lower Academic Score
Children of parents who are believers in God and take part in religious functions become psychologically well adjusted, have improved interpersonal skills and fewer behaviour issues but may perform lower in academic scores, according to a US study.
A team of researchers led by John Bartkowski, Xiaohe Xu, both professors of Sociology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Stephen Bartkowski, of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the Alamo Colleges of District studied data on third graders to find the impact of religious environment at home on their psychological well-being and social competence. Although their academic scores may be lesser compared to their peers they were found to do better in interpersonal skills and adjustment. This is because of importance given to social competence and self-control, the researchers said. So being born in a religious family is both a blessing and a handicap.
Bartkowski points out that if religious environment at home or in the community has to fully benefit a child, they have to be equally involved in academic activities at school. There are some limitations to this study as it does not categorise the results based on religious denominations as some families may be good at balancing religious knowledge with academic skills of their child.
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Ask your girl child to do science, not become scientist
Girls perform better when they are asked to “do science” rather than putting thoughts on them to become a scientist, according to a new research Marjorie Rhodes, an associate professor of Department of Psychology at New York University.
It is a fact that women are under-represented in science and differences in science achievements between boys and girls happen from childhood itself, according to Rhodes and co-author of the study Sarah-Jane Leslie of Princeton’s University. Girls should be guided to action in science rather than putting before them an identity of a scientist to encourage. The conclusion is based on research studies conducted among children in the 4-9 age group based on a game of science. The girls who were told in the beginning to do science were more persistent than those who were told to be scientists. The study conducted among boys were more variable as older boys tend to take science if the language used to encourage them was ‘identity oriented’.
The research results may help in using appropriate strategies for boys and girls in schools to encourage them to positively think about doing an activity. This could help them in the choice of careers based on their interest and aptitude.
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