Effort to better understand genetic engineering should not be avoided just because the topic is controversial, nor should it be avoided simply because “anti-GMO protesters only want more research done because they think it’s dangerous!”
The attitude Houllier supports goes for any topic where science and social controversy cross paths.
In Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s nautical-inspired spring collection for Lacoste, traditional items like rain jackets were outfitted with transparent hood visors and waterproof fabrics. Waterproofs are made by coating natural or synthetic fibers with a polymer like PVC or rubber that can be tuned for breathability. At a molecular level, these materials have a characteristic non-polar surface to prevent water molecules from penetrating the layer. A more advanced version of this can be seen in the GIFs above showing the superhydrophobic surfaces GE researchers are developing. Perhaps soon these surfaces will make their debut on the runway.
At GE’s MRI magnet factory in Florence, SC, Robin works on the wiring of a 3 Tesla magnet by winding copper and niobium titanium wires along its interior. Each 3T magnet contains over 125 miles of wiring. This wiring is so strong that a single strand has enough strength to lift a car. Photo by @seenewphoto.