Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring

In Search of Protective Fabrics
Most people choose their clothing according to function or fashion, rarely for protection against potential health hazards. Farm workers and health care workers, among others, present a special challenge to textile scientists: find an affordable fabric...
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In the Trenches of Fiber Science
Combat helmets are just one application of high-performance fibers like polyethylene and Kevlar. Used alone or in composites, these lightweight materials are replacing metals in everything from military equipment and aircraft to automobiles and sporting...
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It's Elemental
Considered insignificant for many years, the element selenium is now known to be an antioxidant critical to human nutrition. A study by Division of Nutritional Sciences professor Gerald Combs suggest that selenium may help prevent the formation of various...
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Kids Say the Darndest Things, in a Very Smart Way
Language and literacy disorders afflict 5 to 10 percent of Americans. Little is known about their cause and less about their treatment. Essential to advancing our knowledge about language disorders, as well as second-language learning, is understanding...
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Linking Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Schizophrenia strikes 1 percent of America and costs the nation $33 billion annually. But psychopathologist Mark Lenzenweger says as many as 10 percent of the population may have a genetic liability for the disease. The identification of this class of...
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