Product Safety Recall

Due to safety concerns about the snaps on the Infant Capilene® Midweight Set, we are implementing a recall of units purchased between August 1, 2021, and January 12, 2023. For more information, including how to identify this product, how to return it and how to get a full refund, please click the link below.

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Rappel de produit pour cause de sécurité

En raison de préoccupations en matière de sécurité concernant les boutons-pression des ensembles Infant Capilene® Midweight, nous procédons au rappel de toutes les unités achetées entre le 1ᵉʳ août 2021 et le 12 janvier 2023. Pour obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires, notamment sur la façon de reconnaître ce produit, de le retourner et d’obtenir un remboursement complet, veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous.

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“Biomimetics: Design by Nature” in National Geographic

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Lotus_leaf_tanakawhoFor those skeptical business types who wonder why we need toconserve wildlife habitat and diversity, you might be interested in the article Biomimetics: Design by Nature in this month’s National Geographic. It’s about how species living in the natural world around us are increasingly inspiring modern product inventions and innovations.

[Could mimicking the lotus leaf eliminate the need for DWRs on rain shells? Photo: tanakawho (CC)]

The biomimetics "movement," as the article calls it, has gained momentum in recent years, with engineers, architects, medical researchers and others turning to whales, raptors, toucans, porcupines, lizards, moths, beetles, termites and even phytoplankton for ideas for new products – from cell phone screens and paint to lifesaving water collecting devices and anticounterfeiting tools.

The article’s author, Tom Mueller, points out that it’s not easy turning nature’s complex innovations, evolved over thousands of generations, into useful modern tools. That’s why scientists who have studied and marveled over the gecko’sability to run up walls and the abalone’s Kevlar-strength shell have failed to unlock all their secrets.

Reasons range from the short-sightedness of industry to the difficulty in coordinating arange of diverse disciplines, but the main reason is simply that, "from an engineering standpoint, nature is famously, fabulously, wantonly complex."

Developments in science and technology, from the development of electron and atomic-force microscopes to high-speedcomputers, show that some of nature’s riddles can be unlocked with time – a good argument for preserving species for future generations.

The eye of a 45-million-year-old fly trapped in amber and preserved in a museum inWarsaw, Poland, for instance, inspiredinnovations being used in solar panels today.

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