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Public Statements

Supporting Federal Funding for Scientific Research

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. McNERNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring your attention to the development of an exciting new fabric that was recently created by biomedical engineers at the University of California at Davis--a fabric that drives moisture away.

Two graduate students, Siyuan Xing and Jia Jiang, at the Micro-Nano Innovations Laboratory, led by Professor Tingrui Pan, with the financial support of the National Science Foundation, developed a textile that stays dry by forming moisture into droplets that drain away by attaching a network of water-attracting threads to water-repellent fabric.

Now, discoveries like these have led to significant advances in a variety of applications. This project could be used to develop and improve active gear; but, more significantly, it is likely to be developed in the materials that will help our firefighters and our troops stay cool while in the field or that will help astronauts conserve precious liquids while in space.

I am proud to support Federal funding for scientific research, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.

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