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2009-07-10 12:43:22

One day, clothes might be able to snap photos of everything that is happening around whoever is wearing them. Researchers at MIT have created fabric that can detect the wavelength and direction of light falling on it. The team, led by Dr. Yoel Fink of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found a way to place sensors in each fiber of the fabric and co-ordinate the electrical signals they send when light falls on them. The results make a step towards "ambient light imaging fabrics," said...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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