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Columbia Turned Its Clothing Labels Into Stainless Steel Survival Tools

To help reinforce the idea that its clothing is designed for rugged outdoor adventures, Columbia is turning the informational hang tags on some of its garments into stainless steel survival tools that do everything from cut wood, to fix clothing tears, to filter water.


This Slick Rain Jacket Is Made Of 21 Plastic Bottles

The synthetic compounds (PFCs) that help the fabrics used in rain jackets repel moisture have an unfortunate downside: They don’t naturally break down and are far from environmentally-friendly. It’s kind of the ugly secret of the performance wear world, but Columbia has finally come up with an eco-friendly waterproof alternative.


You Need Geniuses At MIT, Harvard, And Columbia To Make An Animal-Shaped Xylophone

The same research and technological innovations that a team from MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University used to create a pitch-perfect xylophone with bars shaped like animals could one day help make your electronics quieter.


Columbia OutDry Extreme: The Future Of Rain Jacket Performance?

Columbia Sportswear has spent the last few years designing a new kind of waterproof clothing technology called OutDry Extreme. It’s a nifty reversal of waterproof gear design that promises to deliver unheard of dryness and comfort. But will it work or is it all marketing?


Space Shuttle Wreckage Fills This Heartbreaking NASA Exhibit

One day before the unfortunate SpaceX launch failure — which proved once again that space is hard — a new, deeply saddening but inspiring exhibition was opened at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.


This Is How NASA Could Have Rescued Astronauts Stranded In Space

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, which killed all seven astronauts on board, effectively ended the US Shuttle Program. Now, a former engineer is proposing a radical (albeit hypothetical) solution to rescuing stranded astronauts that was inspired by the disaster.


Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps Skiers Hide Bumpy Moguls Runs

We’ve already seen (or haven’t) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could give them a small advantage in competition.


New Olympic Zipper Technology Makes Seams Nearly Invisible

You won’t find it in stores just yet, but if you look closely at the jackets and other gear worn by US, Canadian and Russian athletes at the upcoming 2014 Olympics, you might catch a glimpse of Columbia Sportswear’s new waterproof zipper technology. Or you might not since it’s been engineered to be almost invisible when zipped shut.


Columbia Freeze Degree Short Sleeve Crew Review: This Shirt Sucks In Sweat

Columbia’s Freeze Degree T-shirt contains a fabric filled with polymers called Omni-Freeze. They act like goosebumps, cooling the skin with tiny rings that swell when they get wet. Innuendo aside, this kind of works.


Mugger Rejects Victims' Non-iPhones

If you’re worried about getting your phone snatched on a dark sidewalk, here’s a top security tip: don’t own an iPhone. A spat of attempted phone-jackings at Columbia University have one thing in common: thugs don’t want your Android.


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