September 11, 2013 |
Here are two things you might not expect to see together: spider silk coated in carbon nanotubes. This hybrid material is stretchy, super strong and can shrink and grow with humidity, making it potentially very useful for sensors and flexible electronics - and scientists made it by rubbing it between their fingers. This nanotube-coated spider silk, described in the journal Nature Communications, could be useful for devices such as heart monitors inside the body and might even act like synthetic muscle.
September 1, 2013 |
There's no disappearing into the background in this season's new, don't-mess-with-me camouflage and animal prints. Alexis Bittar's "Santa Fe Deco" necklace mixes a zebra Lucite bib with luxe jewels, while Eddie Borgo's "Moon" ring is set with a rock crystal, onyx and jade "horn" that spans four fingers. Dries Van Noten's satin clutch boasts exotic plumage, and Nicholas Kirkwood's ankle boots spout fox fur pelts for the toes. But the ultimate luxe urban jungle trophy is from Michael Kors: a camo mink coat that yells, "I am woman, hear me roar.
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August 7, 2013 |
The man in the red coat and top hat strolling along Hollywood Boulevard had a few words of advice for the tourists from Texas. "When you get to Beverly Hills, it's Ro- day -o Drive," Gregg Donovan says. It's not some bull-riding event, so don't pronounce it that way, he tells them. Donovan should know. He spent 11 years as Beverly Hills' official greeter before being laid off as the recession deepened. These days he has traded Rodeo Drive for Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
March 18, 2013 |
ROME - Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the New World, has decided to remember his roots by choosing a personal coat of arms that recalls his career as a cleric in Argentina, the Vatican said Monday. Francis opted to keep the same coat of arms that he used as the archbishop of Buenos Aires before his election as pope but with the addition of the golden papal miter and the crossed keys that unlock the kingdom of God. The shield from his days as archbishop features a logo of the Jesuit order to which he belongs, a golden star symbolizing the Virgin Mary and a flower representing St. Joseph.
March 16, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Despite the sudden loss of one of its best young players, the UCLA basketball team showed up here Saturday night determined not to throw in the towel. The coach's suit coat was a different matter. Angered by a charging call on Shabazz Muhammad late in the first half of the Bruins' losing battle with Oregon in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament, Coach Ben Howland could no longer endure the frustration. In a bit of gymnastics as impressive as the Cirque du Soleil halftime show, Howland angrily spun and, in the same motion, removed his jacket and flung it high and far into the front row behind the Bruins' bench.
February 21, 2013 |
A wristwatch that reads your text messages out loud, a jacket that heats up when you're cold, eyeglasses that display directions as you walk down the street. Gimmicks, or fashion of the future? Although those products may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, the world's largest technology companies and start-ups alike believe "wearable tech" is the next big frontier, and they have been pouring money and research into developing high-tech clothing and accessories.