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“Cotton, Color and the Courtroom”
December 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rounding out the opening week of “Cotton = High Tech+High Design” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Dr. David Hinks, interim dean of the Wilson College of Textiles offers another perspective on cotton with “Cotton, Color and the Courtroom” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, as part of the Museum’s Science Cafe series. Hinks will look at how cotton fibers can provide critical evidence when found at crime scenes.
“Whether worn on the body, found under our feet, or used as part of high-strength, lightweight composite materials, fibers are ubiquitous worldwide. With more than 60 billion pounds of cotton grown each year, it is by far the natural fiber of choice throughout the world and an important part of a prosperous and innovative U.S. textile industry. While fibers play a pivotal role in our economy, they also help solve mysteries, particularly colored fibers. When found at crime scenes, they provide critical circumstantial evidence. Color and how it is perceived in textiles has fascinated people for hundreds of years. This talk will showcase examples of color illusions and how color and fiber science are being used today to generate economic prosperity and solve crimes.”