You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it. I knew these creatures were alive somewhere, but I had no proof, scientific proof, and I had to keep it to myself, or my colleagues would have all laughed at me. -- Dr. Sampson, The Giant Behemoth
Some electrical engineers in Illinois created 'smart' fabric. It's essentially like chainmail, except the chains and links are super super tiny. About 500 micrometers. So the material is very flexible.
Because the rings and links can slide and rotate against each other, the fabric possesses unique mechanical and electrical properties. For example, the electrical resistance changes when the fabric is stretched. These properties could prove useful for the development of smart fabric and wearable electronic devices for pervasive computing.
"The first layer of fabric could consist of silicon islands with embedded circuits or sensors," said Liu, who also is affiliated with the university's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.
"The resulting fabric could generate electricity, detect movement or damage, or serve some other active role," Liu said. [emphasis mine]
I was reading this post on Tom Brevoort's blog about fan reactions (and Secret Wars!), but this was in the comments:
I hope that you are successful with Steve's Death. I hope you are happy in your smug little world. I for one, have stopped all my comics, wont buy the new Iron man movie I was waiting for, wont play any of the iniative in my MUA [Marvel Ultimate Alliance] game. I am sure you will look at the numbers and smile. But I look at you like I look at Tony Stark now. Your a sucess, but whats that smell.
I went to look at the slideshow (so i could personally condemn these pervy photographers for being so sleazy and exploitive, of course), but i didn't really see what they were referring to. One girl dressed as Link might qualify as "cute anime chick" and there was a girl dressed as Jabba-slave Leia, but that's 2 pictures out of 30+. Am i missing something?