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The researchers developed lightweight, breathable mesh materials that are flexible enough to coat normal clothes. When compared to regular clothing material, the special nanowire cloth trapped body heat far more effectively. Because the coatings are made out of conductive materials, they can also be actively warmed with an electricity source to further crank up the heat. The researchers calculated that their thermal textiles could save about 1,000 kilowatt hours per person every year — that’s about how much electricity an average U.S. home consumes in one month.
1 megawatt hours per year - that is as much as a power plant's output!
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No, a megawatt is nothing to a power plant.
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No, a megawatt is nothing to a power plant.
Well, it is a moment's worth nonetheless...
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this looks like a good way to hide from police heli infrared detection ... man why did i just think like a criminal?
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this looks like a good way to hide from police heli infrared detection ... man why did i just think like a criminal?
I had hypothesized of such a prototype suit. I had also thought of capillary channels for heat redistribution between big muscle groups & the skin under cutting winds & frostbite. Marathon runners & cyclists would love such a device.
Cyclist glycogen expenditure is 5 times quicker in cold weather.
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And all the underwater welders salvagers.
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A megawatt is nowhere near what a plant puts out. Average coal firing plants put out around 1.5 gigawatt, while some nuclear plants, depending on # of reactors, put out 5-8 Gigawatt.
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I had hypothesized of such a prototype suit. I had also thought of capillary channels for heat redistribution between big muscle groups & the skin under cutting winds & frostbite. Marathon runners & cyclists would love such a device.
Cyclist glycogen expenditure is 5 times quicker in cold weather.

Why do I think that this would be great to have under body armor? I wonder if those "nanowires" could also be used to integrate sensors into the clothing to monitor vitals.
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i guess it's about time we all go live around the north and south poles
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