from the good-for-lining-lunchboxes dept.
holy_calamity writes "New Scientist reports on a simple coating for polyester that renders it unwettable — even after two months underwater it emerges dry to the touch. Water cannot attach to the new fabric thanks to nanostructured filaments and a structure that traps a constant air layer. One potential use is for low-drag swim wear."
Xemu writes: "To follow up the story "$150 Linux Laptop for the Masses" and the comments to it, it now seems those who claimed it was all a scam are were right: The CEO of the Madison company had a press conference in Stockholm last night where he announced his plans to run for Swedish Prime Minister after he has built plants across Europe to manufacture his cheap laptops. Oh, and they showed a 150 dollar laptop to the press, with the serial numbers grinded off..."