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Repellency of different liquids on polyester fabric coated with H1F7Ma-co-DVB: soy sauce (black drop), coffee (brown drop), HCl acid (top left transparent drop), NaOH (bottom right transparent drop) and water (remaining transparent drops). Image: Varanasi and Gleason research groups

New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

MIT scientists have developed a coating that adds water-repellency to natural fabrics such as cotton and silk. It is also more effective than the...