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Hot? You can cool down by suiting up in this high-tech fabric

Hot? You can cool down by suiting up in this high-tech fabric

Just in time for scientists to declare 2016 the hottest year on record, scientists at Stanford University have developed a material that could make the coolest clothes ever — shirts and pants that block the sun’s warming rays while venting body heat more efficiently than cotton or other conventional fabrics.

When the high-tech fabric was draped around a device that mimicked the response of human skin on a hot day, the temperature of the artificial skin rose by only 0.8 degrees Celsius. That’s far less than the 3.5-degree rise when...

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