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Friday, July 18, 2014 Permalink

Science Friday: Whale Engineers, California Drought, App Chat



  • Joe Roman 
    Author, "Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act" (Harvard 2011)
    Conservation Biologist
    Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
    University of Vermont
    Burlington, Vermont


  • Eduardo Marbán 
    Director, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute 
    Los Angeles, California 


  • Juan Hinestroza 
    Associate Professor of Fiber Science
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, New York
  • Becky Stern 
    Director of Wearable Electronics
    Adafruit Industries
    New York, New York

We expect that our clothing won't tear or fade after one wear and its dyes won't bleed in the wash. But confidence in our garments shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to an oft-overlooked field of study: textile quality assurance. Sean Cormier of the Fashion Institute of Technology details the rigorous yet fun tests that ensure that our clothing doesn't just match our aesthetic standards, but also meets universal criteria for durability, color-fastness, construction, and safety.


  • Molly Peterson 
    Environment correspondent
    Southern California Public Radio
    Los Angeles, California
  • Jay Famiglietti 
    Professor, Earth System Science
    University of California, Irvine
    Senior Water Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Pasadena, California
  • Shahzeen Attari 
    Assistant Professor
    School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, Indiana


  • James L. Van Etten 
    William B. Allington Distinguished Professor
    Department of Plant Pathology
    University of Nebraska
    Lincoln, Nebraska


  • Bob Parks 
    Freelance Writer
    Brattleboro, Vermont