Frozen Sharks Washing Up on Cape Cod

As the Arctic blast continues to roil the Eastern Seaboard with gusty winds and frigid temperatures, at least four thresher sharks have been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod. Is Old Man Winter to blame? Probably not, as the sharks likely died not from hypothermia but from stranding themselves in shallow waters as…

This Tiny Sea Monster Had Creepy Mouth Appendages

When Habelia optata first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn’t know what to make of it. The long-extinct sea predator, which flourished during the middle Cambrian period about 508 million years ago, measured less than a inch long, yet it wasn’t an animal you’d be keen to encounter. “Tiny yet…

How Nordic Brands are Shifting the Sustainability Status Quo

The Danes have a word, “hygge,” pronounced “hoo-guh,” that the Oxford Dictionaries describe as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” The Norwegians refer to this state of bliss as “koselig;’’ the Finns, “kalsarikannit.” In Sweden, everyone from Malmö to Kiruna bandies about the word “lagom,” which…

Cave of the ‘Mayan Underworld’ Filled with Methane-Eating Creatures

In the subterranean rivers and flooded caverns of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula—once thought to hold the path to Xibalba, the mythical Mayan underworld—scientists have uncovered a liminal world where methane is the unlikely driving force for life. After plumbing the depths of Ox Bel Ha, a submerged estuary complex that rivals Texas’ Galveston Bay in size,…

Buzz Aldrin Launches ‘Mission to Mars’ Fashion Line with Sprayground

As Lunar Module pilot for NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back in a space capsule. Now, the former fighter pilot, aerospace engineer, bestselling author and reality-show contestant is setting his sights on a different kind of capsule—the kind you only hear about in fashion. Together with Sprayground, a…

World’s Smallest Tape Recorder Is Alive

Scientists have converted a bunch of microbes into what they’ve dubbed the “world’s smallest tape recorder.” By tinkering with the genes of an ordinary laboratory strain of Escherichia coli bacteria, researchers say they’ve been able to coax the bacteria into not only logging their interactions with the environment but time-stamping these occurrences, as well. These…

Argentina Adopts Responsible Wool Standard to Rehabilitate Reputation

Convincing a brand to adopt a third-party standard can be a tough sell. Persuading an entire country? Well, that’s practically unheard of. But something nigh miraculous happened on the way to the Sustainable Textile Conference, the five-day industry affair organized by Textile Exchange in mid-October. Defying all odds, the nonprofit announced that two key Argentine…

The First Female Doctor Who’s Outfit, in All Its Quirky Glory

The new Doctor Who has a new look. As portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the vaunted role, the 13th incarnation of the time-and-space-tripping Gallifreyan is all dressed up with everywhere to go. In a new photo from the BBC, the Broadchurch star flaunts shin-skimming, high-waisted teal culottes, mustard suspenders à…

‘Octlantis’: Bustling Octopus Community Discovered Off Australia

In the briny waters of Jervis Bay on Australia’s east coast, where three rocky outcrops jut out from piles of broken scallop shells, beer bottles, and lead fishing lures, a clutch of octopuses gambol among a warren of nearly two dozen dens. Welcome to Octlantis. The bustling community belies conventionally held notions of the cephalopods,…

No Excuses for Coasting on Sustainable Cotton Sourcing

Big household fashion names are “coasting and doing nothing” when it comes to sourcing sustainable cotton, one international coalition has said, with the industry unlikely to make progress in this area if more brands don’t get on board. Despite the signatures of industry power players like Adidas, Burberry, H&M, Kering, IKEA, Levi Strauss, and Nike…

Brands Unite Around Sustainable Development Goals

All the best parties have a theme, and Textile Exchange’s annual industry event, which doubled as a celebration of the global fiber-sustainability coalition’s 15th anniversary, was no different. Held in Washington D.C., this past week, the five-day Textile Sustainability Conference wielded its focus, “United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles,” as both…

How Companies ‘Seeing Goldmines in Landfills’ Are Refashioning Textiles

Want to subvert the traditional apparel supply chain? You must possess a “little bit of craziness,” according to Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and president of Aquafil, an Italian company that transforms abandoned fishing nets and castoff bits of carpet into good-as-new nylon fibers. Speaking at a panel at the Textile Sustainability Conference in Washington, D.C., last…