Nanotechnology, Is there anything it can't do?

Tuesday, 25 November 2008
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Water DropI'm back. Things have been a little crazy for me. So bad in fact, that I forgot that this site existed. Between planning courses for next year, working my regular day job and doing some web design work at night, it hasn't left me much time for much else...

Well, lots of stuff has happened out there in the outdoor world over the past week. Just recently, scientists from the University of Zurich have developed a fabric that never gets wet, even after it has been soaked underwater for two months.

To make it happen, they covered polyester fibers with 40-nanometer-wide silicone nanofilaments which causes water to float above the surface of the fabric never allowing it to get wet.

How could it work for paddlers? Well, it could really help with leaky dry suits by making water to constantly bead off and never absorb. Oh how I would love a tent make of this stuff! My entire kingdom for a tent that doesn't leak through the floor! MSR, get on it!

More info: newscientist.com

Eastern Horizons DVD Cover

Speaking of getting wet, Bryan Smith has just released a trailer for his much anticipated kayak action DVD, Eastern Horizons. This version of the video will highlight paddling destinations up and down the eastern seaboard of North America highlighting Newfoundland, New York City, Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, North Carolina and many others. It looks fantastic and I can't wait to see the final cut of it.

Look for this on your store shelves after the premier at Canoecopia on March 14th, 2009.

More info: reelwaterproductions.com/eastern-horizons
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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